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FIFA may not survive another major scandal - FA chief Martin Glenn

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and Jeremy Schaap weigh in on Gianni Infantino's appointment as the new president of FIFA.

Martin Glenn, the Football Association's chief executive, believes another high-profile controversy could sound the death knell for FIFA.

The world's governing body will elect a new president in Zurich next week, with Asian Football Confederation Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino the frontrunners to replace Sepp Blatter.

Blatter's reign at FIFA came to an ignominious end after he and UEFA president Michel Platini were banned from all football-related activity for eight years over an alleged "disloyal payment." Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing their sanctions.

Glenn hopes whoever is at the forefront of the new regime -- with the FA backing Infantino -- can bring about positive change.

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He said in quotes published by The Observer: "I feel very confident about the future of football.

"Football is massively popular, it's growing, it is really in a healthy state. In a way I'd hold on to that and say, yes, if there's another major scandal permeating FIFA, it may not withstand it.

"I hope we get Gianni winning it and I hope we get the reforms through. Out of all the people that we've got, Gianni stands the best chance of modernising it and giving it the transparency that we think it all deserves."

Glenn, though, feels FIFA could be run by another organisation.

He added: "There are a lot of good things that FIFA does, so even if it was wound up and called something else, it would still be doing a lot of good things it's doing today.

"People love the World Cup, so we want the World Cup to be run well. And how would it be run well?

"You can speculate, if there was another car crash at FIFA, football would survive, and it will survive by people organising it differently."

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