Gianni Infantino elected FIFA President


Gianni Infantino has become the new FIFA president after he received 115 votes during the second round of the election in Zurich.

The former UEFA general secretary edged his nearest competitor Sheik Salman, who got a total of 88 votes.

The pair were separated by just three votes during the first round leading to a second round of voting, which saw Infantino emerge victorious.

Voting for the new FIFA president went into a second round after Infantino and Salman failed to secure a two-thirds majority.

But UEFA general secretary Infantino narrowly edged Salman in the voting with 88 votes to 85.

Prince Ali received 27 and Jerome Champagne seven. To win in the second round, a candidate must reach 104 votes.

Ahead of Friday’s presidential election, FIFA voted in favour of reforms designed to repair its image and guard against future misdemeanours after the worst crisis in its near-112 history.

The reforms, voted on at FIFA’s extraordinary congress in Zurich, address issues of governance, accountability, transparency and diversity.

Meanwhile, Tokyo Sexwale received a standing ovation after ending his bid to be FIFA president in his final opportunity to address the extraordinary congress.

The 62-year-old South African was the last of five candidates to address the 207 voting members who will decide on the successor to Sepp Blatter.

His charisma was on full show in the 15-minute speech, which he ended by announcing he would not take part in the ballot.

Sexwale said: ‘My campaign ends today and I suspend my participation. I leave only four people.’

There were 207 eligible votes (Kuwait and Indonesia are suspended) and 201 votes were cast on the reforms, with 89 per cent (179 votes) in favour.

Source: Starrfmonline 

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