Gianni Infantino Wins Re-election as FIFA President

Gianni Infantino is to remain in the saddle of world football governing body FIFA till 2023, having won re-election.

The 49-year-old Swiss national was the sole candidate at the FIFA Congress held in Paris.

Infantino took over as FIFA president in February 2016 to complete the term of Joseph Blatter, who is serving a six-year football ban following corruption scandals which rocked the football body.

Aljazeera reports that Infantino told the 211-member association before the vote that FIFA had come a long way since being embroiled in a series of corruption scandals that helped bring down Blatter in 2015.

“The last three years and four months were of course not perfect, I have definitely made mistakes,” he said.

“I have tried to improve myself but today no one speaks about crises. No one speaks about scandals, no one speaks about corruption any more.”

For the first time since 2007, when Blatter was re-elected for his third term, there was no election vote after delegates agreed to change statutes and allow an acclamation.

Culled from Aljazeera

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