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Gianni Infantino elected FIFA President

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The new FIFA Boss, Gianni Infantino
The new FIFA Boss, Gianni Infantino

Switzerland's Gianni Infantino has succeeded countryman Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.

The Uefa secretary general polled 115 votes in round two, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein was third with four, while Jerome Champagne failed to get any. Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich.
The first round of voting had failed to determine an outright winner.

A simple majority of more than 50 per cent - 104 votes - was sufficient for victory in the second round. 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.

Blatter, who led world football's governing body since 1998, stood down last year and was later banned from football for six years.

Infantino reacts
"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."

Reaction
Gary Lineker, an outspoken critic of Fifa and former president Blatter, wished Infantino "all the best" following his appointment.

The former England striker added on Twitter: "He's got one hell of a job on his hands but seems a decent chap. Needs a sizeable new broom."

Before voting began, reforms were passed to help make Fifa a more transparent and accountable organisation. All salaries will be disclosed, while a limit of four years has been placed on a president's term. 

A new council to replace the current executive committee has also been introduced, featuring a female representative from each confederation.

Greg Dyke, who will cast a vote as chairman of the English Football Association, says the reforms are "more important" than the new leader as it will provide an "opportunity for Fifa to start again".

 


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