Gianni Infantino is new FIFA President

By Bernard Okumu

 

Gianni Infantino is the new FIFA President.

Gianni succeeds fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter as president of world football’s governing body Fifa.

The UEFA Secretary General polled 115 votes, 27 more than his closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein (four votes) and Jerome Champagne (0) were third and fourth respectively.

Blatter, who had led Fifa since 1998, stood down last year and was later suspended from football for six years for breaching ethics guidelines.

Infantino is a 45-year-old lawyer from Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland, less than six miles from Blatter’s home town of Visp.

He entered the presidential race when it became clear that Michel Platini, boss of European football’s governing body Uefa, could not stand.

The election was due to be fought between five candidates, but South African Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich.

The first round of voting failed to determine an outright winner, though Infantino led with 88, three more than pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman.

A simple majority of more than 50% – 104 of 207 available votes – was sufficient for victory in round two.

Not since 1974, when Joao Havelange of Brazil beat 13-year incumbent Stanley Rous of England, has a second round been needed. An emotional Infantino told delegates that together they would “restore the image of Fifa and the respect of Fifa”.

  

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