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Billie Jean King urges Infantino to hire women in FIFA jobs

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.