Gianni Infantino becomes new Fifa president


In a landmark development on Friday, football’s world governing body Fifa on Friday elected its new president with Switzerland’s Gianni Infantino succeeding fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter.

Infantino, who up until now has been the Uefa secretary general received 115 votes, 27 more than his closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

Other two candidates Prince Ali bin al-Hussein polled four votes while Jerome Champagne got none.

Blatter, who ran Fifa since 1998, had resigned in June last year after allegations of corruption emerged.

The US federal investigating agency FBI had unearthed the evidence of money laundering and wire transfers involving top Fifa officials.

Seven high ranking Fifa officials were arrested by the Swiss police on charges of corruption in an overnight raid in Zurich on Wednesday.

The suspects were allegedly involved in schemes to make payments to Fifa delegates and other functionaries of Fifa sub-organisations totaling more than $100 million.

Blatter was later suspended 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 home town of Visp.

He said, “I will work tirelessly to bring football back to Fifa and Fifa back to football. This is what we want to do. I feel a lot of emotion and have not realised yet what has happened today. It is still very fresh and it’s been a long and exciting journey and I probably need some time to chill out and see what has happened.”

The contest for Fifa was expected to take place among five candidates but South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich.


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