Gianni Infantino is the new Fifa President

Gianni Infantino is the new Fifa President

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Gianni Infantino, another Swiss, has succeeded Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.

The first round of voting couldn’t register any winner. The second round however, saw Mr Infantino, the Uefa secretary general, beat his closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa by 27 votes. Infantino polled a tota 115 votes. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein was third with four, Jerome Champagne didn’t get any votes, while Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich.

Gianni Infantino had this to say after his victory:

“Dear friends, I cannot express my feelings in this moment,” he told delegates at the Fifa congress.

“I told you I went through a journey, an exceptional journey, a journey which made me meet a lot of fantastic people, who love football and breath football and live football every day.

“We will restore the image of Fifa and the respect of Fifa and everyone in the world will applaud us.

“I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era of Fifa where we can put again football at the centre of the stage.

“Fifa has gone through sad times, moments of crisis, but those times are over. We need to implement the reform and implement good governance and transparency. We also need to have respect.

“We’re going to win back this respect through hard work, commitment and we’re going to make sure we can finally focus on this wonderful game.”

New reforms were also passed in order to make Fifa a more transparent and accountable organisation.

 

 

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