FIFA has been able to support the game through the coronavirus crisis because "the money doesn't disappear anymore", president Gianni Infantino has said.

The organisation’s Covid-19 relief plan will distribute $1.5bn to national associations and regional confederations affected by the pandemic, something Infantino suggested would not have been possible under the previous regime, which was dogged by allegations and proven cases of corruption.

"We have the money because in the new FIFA, the money doesn’t disappear anymore," he said at the opening of the FIFA Congress, being held as a virtual event.

"We have designed a robust programme, with accountability and good governance.

"We will know exactly where (the money) goes, and why it goes there. It will be fully transparent."

National associations will be able to apply for up to $1.5m in grants and a maximum of $5m in interest-free loans.

The FIFA administration and consultancy experts estimate the domestic club and national team game will lose $14bn in value due to the pandemic.

"In 2015 FIFA was toxic, was pronounced dead. An organisation that had served itself from football, had used football, instead of serving football."

Infantino added: "There are still forces that want to drag us back into the darkness of the past, because they don't like reforms or want to hide their malpractice. But there is no way back."

Criminal proceedings were opened against Infantino in July over three meetings he held with the then Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber after his election as FIFA president.

Infantino insists he did nothing wrong in attending those meetings, and he met with the United States attorney general earlier this week.

Infantino also said: "Everywhere people are convinced of the new FIFA, or maybe I should say almost everywhere.

"But don't worry, we will be able to convince the sceptics eventually. (The meetings with Lauber) were meant to define that the new FIFA was miles away from the old FIFA.

"FIFA became victim to corrupt officials – that’s not what I say, that’s what courts say all over the world, and FIFA is still suffering from that.

"In 2015 FIFA was toxic, was pronounced dead. An organisation that had served itself from football, had used football, instead of serving football.

"So why was I meeting the Swiss attorney general? Because it was my duty as FIFA president because I wanted to liberate FIFA from those old, toxic values."

This year's Club World Cup in Qatar could be delayed or scrapped due to the pandemic, Infantino said.

The competition, which brings together the club champions from the six regional confederations, is due to take place in December as part of the Middle East state’s preparations for hosting the World Cup in 2022.

However, delays to international club competitions – such as South America’s Copa Libertadores – mean it could be pushed back to 2021 or abandoned altogether.

Infantino said: "When it comes to the current Club World Cup of 2020, well since many confederations or some confederations will probably not conclude their Champions Leagues until December, it is unlikely that this event will take place in December of this year as was originally planned.

"But we are discussing, we are monitoring, we are seeing if it can be hosted in Qatar maybe at the beginning of the year.

"We certainly want to see if we can keep it, we will do that consulting all the confederations and all the participating clubs and take the best decision for football."