Gianni Infantino Becomes New FIFA President After Winning Election

The UEFA secretary general polled 115
votes, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa. Prince
Ali bin al-Hussein (4 votes) and Jerome Champagne (0) were third and fourth
Blatter, who had led Fifa since 1998, stood
down last year and was later banned 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
hometown of Visp. He only entered the presidential race when it became clear
that Michael Platini, boss of European football’s governing body UEFA, would
not be allowed to stand.

An emotional Infantino told delegates that
he was finding it hard to “express my feelings in this moment”. But
he told delegates that together they would “restore the image of Fifa and
the respect of Fifa”.
It will be recalled that this was the same
position Nigeria’s Segun Odegbami had eyed, but failed to meet up certain

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