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Gianni Infantino Elected FIFA President

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Gianni Infantino has been elected as FIFA president after a second round of voting in Zurich.

UEFA general secretary Infantino won the election with 115 votes, with Sheikh Salman receiving 88 votes. Prince Ali received four votes and no votes were recorded for Jerome Champagne.

In his victory speech, Infantino said: “I told you I went through a journey, an exceptional journey and a journey which made me meet many fantastic people.

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“Many people who love football and believe in football, and many people who deserve FIFA to be respected.

“We will restore the respect people have in FIFA and everybody will applaud us, and they will applaud all of you for what you do.

“We have to be proud of what we do for FIFA. I would like to thank all of you and all of the other candidates.

“It was a great sign of democracy of FIFA. I want to restore a new era in FIFA where we put football at the centre of the speech.”

In the first round of voting, Infantino received 88 votes, Salman 85, Ali 27 and Champagne seven.

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (left) was second in the voting
Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (left) was second in the voting

A total of 159 votes was required for an outright win in the first round of voting but that target was not reached and there was a second round for the first time at a FIFA presidential election since 1974.

Infantino will succeed Sepp Blatter, who had been in the post since 1998 but resigned last year under pressure amid escalating corruption scandals.

Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term in May 2015 but has since been banned for six years for financial mismanagement.

South African candidate Tokyo Sexwale used his 15-minute pre-election speech to officially withdraw from the race, leaving just four candidates on the ballot.

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