Gianni Infantino: FIFA President
Gianni Infantino has succeeded fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter as the new president of FIFA. The world football governing body elected the Infantino in Zurich on Friday after he defeated nearest rival Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in the second round of voting. Infantino, 45, winning the majority of votes in the second ballot will be the FIFA President until 2019.
"I cannot express my feelings in this moment," Infantino says to his fellow delegates. “A new era has been started as we speak,” Infantino adds. He has been the secretary general of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, since 2009. Infantino received 88 of the 207 votes with Sheikh Salman three behind with 85, and Prince Ali gained 27 more votes as well.
Infantino takes over at a time where FIFA is suffering one of the most difficult periods in its vast history. Authorities are investigating the bidding process surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and numerous officials have been indicted in the U.S over allegations of racketeering and money laundering. Many praise the new President today as a fresh start and new change. Portuguese legend, Luis Figo went to twitter for congratulating Infantino. “Finally the change arrived. It's time for a new era in Fifa", Figo said. Infantino, who already has plenty on his plate will celebrate his monumental win and hopefully bring in a new regime to FIFA.
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