Switzerland's Gianni Infantino is The New FIFA President


Gianni Infantino, 45, of Switzerland has become the ninth President of FIFA, after winning the majority of eligible votes during the world football governing body's elections in Zurich today.

Infantino received 115 of the 207 votes during the second round of voting to secure his position. This was the first time in 42 years that FIFA has had to go into a second round of voting as Infantino caused a surprise in the first round by securing 87 of the 207 votes. This was ahead of pre vote favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa who won 85.

A two thirds majority was required to win and in the second round the Swiss international did so, receiving more than Sheikh Salman who only secured 85.

Infantino is a lawyer and hails from Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland, which is less than six miles from Former FIFA President, Sepp Blatter's hometown of Visp. Prior to him becoming the new boss of FIFA he was the UEFA general secretary under Michel Platini. Infantino entered the FIFA presidential race after Platini was banned from football for corruption.

"We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA and everyone in the world will applaud us," said Infantino, after his presidential win.

Meanwhile FIFA delegates voted 179 votes to 22 to accept reforms, which include replacing the Executive Committee with a 36-member FIFA Council, and limiting the president and other senior officials to three terms of four years. These reforms are FIFA's response to the corruption scandal that has rocked the football world governing body


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