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FIFA appoints first female secretary general

FIFA appointed its first ever female secretary general on Friday.

New FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura Credit: FIFA.com

Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura was appointed FIFA Secretary General by the FIFA Council, the first woman to hold the prominent position at football's world governing body.

The announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City.

"Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time,” President Infantino said.

“She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform.

"Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation".