Friday, February 26, 2016

Gianni Infantino elected FIFA President

Gianni Infantino Fifa president
Gianni Infantino has been elected as the new president of Fifa, at a vote Friday in Zurich. The Uefa general secretary beat Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan and the former FIFA deputy general secretary Jérôme Champagne. The South African Tokyo Sexwale withdrew moments before the first vote. Sheikh Salman had been favourite to succeed Blatter because of support from the Asia and Africa, while Infantino had the backing of Uefa members.
In a second round of voting, Infantino secured 115 votes from the 207 national delegates. Sheikh Salman, president of the governing body for soccer in Asia, came second with 88. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein had four votes, and Jerome Champagne picked up no votes at all. 

Infantino addressing the congress after the election promised to restore the glories of Fifa! Hear him; “Dear friends, I cannot express my feelings in this moment,” Infantino told 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 that is football.”

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