Billie Jean King urges Infantino to hire women in FIFA jobs

AP , Monday 7 Mar 2016

Newly elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino of Switzerland raises an arm during a press conference after the second election round during the extraordinary FIFA congress in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Delegates of the soccer body FIFA met to elect a new president. (AP)

Tennis great Billie Jean King has challenged FIFA and new president Gianni Infantino to hire more women for senior jobs.

King says in a keynote speech at FIFA headquarters that the world soccer body has a chance to transform itself after years of corruption scandals.

Addressing a women's soccer leadership conference, King tells the watching Infantino: ''No pressure, but the world is counting on you.''

King suggests ''three concrete steps'' for FIFA to take: one-third of management hires should be women; appoint a CEO-like secretary general with ''a proven track record of supporting gender equality''; appoint staff to create a commercial strategy for women's soccer.

Infantino was elected 10 days ago, shortly after FIFA members also voted through a reform package that commits them to promote women's soccer.

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