FIFA Appoints First Female Secretary General

MEXICO CITY (AP) — FIFA will have its first female secretary general after Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura was appointed by the governing body’s council.
     FIFA President Gianni Infantino says “she will bring a fresh wind to FIFA — someone from outside.”
     Samoura will replace the fired Jerome Valcke if she passes an eligibility check.
     Also on Friday, FIFA lifted Indonesia’s suspension from world soccer. Indonesian national and club teams, referees, and officials were banned over government interference in the running of the national federation.
     Indonesia was readmitted after the government agreed to end its suspension of the soccer federation, but the national team has missed out on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup while banned.
     Benin and Kuwait are suspended due to government interference in their federations’ independence.
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