Greg Dyke calls for greater transparency from FIFA

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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has called for greater transparency in FIFA's financial dealings following Gianni Infantino's election as president.

Dyke, who on behalf of the FA, supported Infantino in his bid to replace Sepp Blatter, is demanding a visible money trail in a bid to avoid the kind of scandal which has engulfed the federation in recent months.

He pointed in particular to the 5million Euros loan to the Football Association of Ireland - which was later written off - sanctioned by Blatter in an attempt to head off a legal challenge over the Thierry Henry handball which cost the Republic of Ireland their chance of qualification for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Dyke told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek show: "If you have got someone like Gianni, you have got more chance of that being done properly - it's certainly done properly in UEFA - so that you know where the money is being spent because we all want more money to go to countries around the world where you need money to develop football, and some countries need it more than others.

"But what you want to make sure is the money is being spent properly and isn't being used for some of the things we have seen in recent years.

"You have got to have a different group of professionals making sure where the money is going, that you can't, as Mr Blatter did, walk into a meeting with the Irish and just give them 5million Euros because they were upset.

"You can't do that - and that nobody ever accounted for it. You can't have a situation where suddenly Mr [former UEFA president Michel] Platini paid money that nobody knows what it's owed for and it's not in the books. There has got to be proper accounting."

Dyke and the FA backed Infantino's candidacy, believing him to be "straight", although having been reminded that they had previously had a similar opinion of Platini, the chairman conceded: "You can only know people as you know them.

"If you go up to somebody and say, 'Excuse me, have you been doing things that you shouldn't be doing?', they are hardly likely to tell you so in the end, you make a judgement.

"We know him - he has been running UEFA for quite a time - we think he is a straightforward guy. We think he is straight, which I think is important in all this.

"In the end, I spoke to all the candidates and it was obviously going to come down to him or Sheikh Salman from Bahrain, and I certainly felt very strongly that you shouldn't have someone heading up FIFA who came from a country where they put footballers in jail and tortured them because they didn't agree with the regime."

Dyke is hopeful that Infantino can steer FIFA out of the murky waters into which it has sailed with reforms having already been agreed, but he admits the process of righting the wrongs of the past could take several years.

He said: "This is a chance, this isn't the end of the whole affair. The investigations are going to go on for years, but hopefully they are investigations into the past.

"Hopefully a new leader plus a reform programme can actually make it tougher to see the sort of antics we have seen in recent years."

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