Friday, 26 February 2016

Infantino Succeeds Blatter at FIFA

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Gianni Infantino has succeeded countryman Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.

The Uefa secretary general polled 115 votes in round two, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein was third with four, while Jerome Champagne failed to get any. Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich.

The first round of voting had failed to determine an outright winner,

A simple majority of more than 50 per cent - 104 votes - was sufficient for victory in the second round

Infantino is a 45-year-old lawyer from Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland, less than six miles from Blatter's hometown of Visp.

"I accept the result of this election, thank you," said Infantino.

"I went through an exceptional journey, met many fantastic people who love football, who breathe football.

"I want to be the president of all of you, of all 209 nations.

"I want to work with all of you to work together and build a new era where we can put football at the centre of the stage."

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