Gianni Infantino elected FIFA president

Gianni Infantino elected FIFA president


Gianni Infantino elected FIFA president



Sepp Blatter’s 18-year reign of FIFA came to an official end on Friday.

Gianni Infantino was elected FIFA president after receiving a majority of the votes (115) in the second round, beating out Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan and Jerome Champagne.

In his closing speech ahead of the voting process on Friday, Tokyo Sexwale withdrew from the race, leaving only four candidates in the running. Each member association, excluding suspended Kuwait and Indonesia, cast its vote in two separate rounds.

Gianni Infantino received 88 votes in the first round — three more than Sheikh Salman’s total. Prince Ali — who U.S. Soccer voted for — received 27 votes, and Jerome Champagne only collected seven.

In the second round of voting, the president of the Asian Football Confederation finished second with 88 votes, while Prince Ali finished third with four votes.

Infantino will serve as FIFA president from 2016 to 2019.

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