Monday 24 October 2016

Gianni Infantino sees off Sheikh Salman to win FIFA presidential election

Published 26/02/2016 | 17:17

Gianni Infantino is FIFA's ninth president after being elected at the world governing body's extraordinary congress in Zurich on Friday.

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The FIFA presidential election entered a second round of voting for the first time in 42 years after Infantino of Switzerland secured more backing than pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain in the first round, when a two thirds majority was required to win.

A simple majority of more than 50 per cent - 104 votes - was sufficient for victory in the second round. And Infantino secured 115 votes to Sheikh Salman's 88 to become the second successive Swiss president, after Sepp Blatter.

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

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