- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ZURICH (AP) - FIFA has hired Norwegian soccer federation official Kjetil Siem as President Gianni Infantino’s director of strategic matters.

The role is a new one overseeing the soccer body’s structure in Zurich, FIFA said Wednesday.

Siem has begun work at FIFA ahead of the arrival in June of secretary general Fatma Samoura, a United Nations official from Senegal who has never before worked in soccer.

For the past four years, Siem was secretary general at the Norwegian federation while Infantino had the same position at UEFA.

Siem is credited in Norway with creating the “Handshake for Peace” project with the Nobel Peace Center, which was later adopted by then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

The Nobel organization suspended ties with FIFA last year after American and Swiss federal prosecutors revealed sprawling investigations of corruption implicating senior soccer officials. The scandal forced Blatter from office and led to Infantino being elected in February.

Siem, a 55-year-old former journalist also worked as CEO of the Premier Soccer League in South Africa from 2007-10.

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