INFANTINO ELECTED NEW FIFA
The 45-year-old Swiss has been elected
president after securing 115 votes in the second
round of polls and has vowed to restore the
image of the game’s governing body
Gianni Infantino has won Fifa’s election for a
new president, succeeding the disgraced Sepp
Uefa’s general secretary secured 115 votes in
the second round of polls, beating off favourite
Salman Bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa into second while
Prince Ali bin Hussein finished third.
Infantino succeeds the dethroned Sepp Blatter,
who was suspended from all football activities
for eight years – later reduced to six – along with
ex-Uefa president Michel Platini for corruption.
Truly humbled by today’s decision. Let’s
bring FIFA forward together.
— Gianni Infantino (@Gianni_2016)
February 26, 2016
“Dear friends, I cannot express my feelings in
this moment,” he said in his acceptance
“I told you I went through a journey, an
exceptional journey, a journey which made me
meet many fantastic people, many people who
love, live, breathe football every day.
“We will restore the image and respect of Fifa.
People will applaud us, applaud you for what we
“Everyone has to be proud of what we will do at
Fifa. I want to thank you all, all 209 and the
other candidates. Tokyo [Sexwale] decided four
can win, one cannot win. We had a great
competition, a great sign of democracy in Fifa.
“I want to be president of all 209 [member
federations]. I have travelled the globe and I will
continue to do this. I want to work with all of
you together in order to restore and rebuild a
new Fifa where we can put again football at the
centre of the stage.”