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Gianni Infantino wants trials for 'technological help' to start soon

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said he wants trials of video technology in football to take place "sooner rather than later."

Infantino, elected as Sepp Blatter's successor on Friday, spoke of his aims as he begins to rebuild an organisation tarnished by a huge corruption scandal.

He said the use of technology in the game was among issues he hoped to make quick progress on.

"Football is a special game, it is the most beautiful sport and the most important sport in the world, and we don't have to kill football," the 45-year-old told FIFA TV.

"One of the peculiarities of football is the flow of the game. It does not stop like many other sports where you have the time to look at video and these kind of things.

"In football you have a flow, you have a referee who takes important decisions, so we need to see what kind of impact any technological help will have on the flow of the game.

"If the flow of the game is guaranteed, then I think we need to see how technology can help the game, but we need to start to do serious tests I think sooner rather than later."

Infantino added that FIFA should always keep the development of the grassroots game at the centre of its thinking.

He said: "I have been travelling a lot, visiting each continent and many countries. I have seen with my eyes what the needs are. I think we can do, and we have to do, a lot -- and we can do a lot with actually very little.

"We have to make sure we target each of the 209 FIFA member associations specifically and we help them develop in football in accordance with the needs they have.

"And if we do this, we would make a big, big difference in football development all over the world.''

He also vowed to help put fans back at the centre of the game and added: "I am like them -- I am a supporter. I know what it is like to travel many miles to watch your team, because I have done it myself.

"We have to listen to them and what they say, because football without the fans is nothing. On our side of the game, we need to become a little bit more fans and a little bit less politicians."


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