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FIFA elects new president - Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino, general secretary of the European football body UEFA, has been elected to succeed Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA. Infantino, who

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FIFA elects new president - Gianni Infantino

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Gianni Infantino, general secretary of the European football body UEFA, has been elected to succeed Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA.

Infantino, who hails from Switzerland like Blatter, was elected with a simple majority during a second round of voting in the presidential election, which was held during a FIFA Extraordinary Congress in Zurich on Friday.

2nd round results:

  • Gianni Infantino: 115 votes
  • Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa: 88 votes
  • Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan: 4 votes
  • Jerome Champagne: 0 votes

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

1st round results:

  • Gianni Infantino: 88 votes
  • Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa: 85 votes
  • Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan: 27 votes
  • Jerome Champagne: 7 votes.

Blatter stood down last year and was later banned from football for six years.