Ln­fantino’s self-praise

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IT only took FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino 10 sec­onds of his first speech at yes­ter­day’s Congress to men­tion his foot­ball ‘leg­ends’ — those who play in his PR fest Pre-Congress foot­ball match, whom he sub­se­quently name-checked on an­other six oc­ca­sions.

In­fantino isn’t shy of prais­ing him­self ei­ther, say­ing that ‘FIFA was clin­i­cally dead’ when he took charge two years ago but is now ‘alive and well, full of joy and pas­sion with a vi­sion for its fu­ture’. That came be­fore he closed Congress by say­ing he would stand for re-elec­tion in Paris next year.

RFU coun­cil­lor Rob Ud­win, a for­mer board mem­ber, has coun­tered Sports Agenda claims that he epit­o­mises the freeload­ing rugby blazer. Ud­win in­sists he no longer stays at Twick­en­ham’s Mar­riott Ho­tel for Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als when he lives in nearby Chiswick. And he adds he was one of the few coun­cil­lors to vote for the re­jected mo­tion that their part­ners should pay for tick­ets and meals for au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als.

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