Gianni Infantino Emerges as New FIFA president
The ExtraOrdinary FIFA congress and election which took place in Switzerland this afternoon went through the first round of voting, as a winner could only be determined if he won over 2/3 of the votes.
At the end of the first round, Prince Ali had 27 votes, Champagne 7 votes, Sheikh Salman 85 votes while Infantino had the highest with 88 votes.
For a candidate to win, 138 votes were needed for a two-thirds majority.
The final results were as follows;
Gianni Infantino – 115 votes
Sheikh Salman – 88 votes
Prince Ali al-Hussein – 4
Jerome Champagne – 0
So What We Do Know About The New FIFA president?
Years in game: 15
Previous positions: Joined UEFA in 2000 as a lawyer and secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchatel. He was latterly UEFA general secretary.
What he stands for? Infantino wants to expand the World Cup to 40 teams to ensure more smaller nations can participate. He also wants to hugely expand FIFA’s development plan by investing £860m of its revenues and giving £3.6m to each member association.