In­fantino re-elected FIFA Pres­i­dent

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

Gianni In­fantino was re-elected Wed­nes­day by ac­cla­ma­tion for a sec­ond term as FIFA Pres­i­dent at the Congress of world foot­ball’s govern­ing body in Paris.

The 49 year-old, who took charge of FIFA in Fe­bru­ary 2016 af­ter the de­par­ture of the dis­graced Sepp Blat­ter, stood un­op­posed for a new four-year term which will run un­til 2023.

In three years and four months, this or­gan­i­sa­tion went from be­ing toxic, al­most crim­i­nal, to be­ing what it should be, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that de­vel­ops foot­ball

Ear­lier, In­fantino had in­sisted that FIFA had been trans­formed into an or­gan­i­sa­tion “syn­ony­mous with cred­i­bil­ity” as he ad­dressed rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the 211 mem­ber fed­er­a­tions, be­fore the Women’s World Cup be­gins in the French cap­i­tal on Fri­day.

“To­day no­body talks about crises, no­body talks about re­build­ing FIFA from scratch, no­body talks about scan­dals, no­body talks about cor­rup­tion, we talk about foot­ball,” in­sisted the Swis­sI­tal­ian lawyer, for­merly sec­re­tary gen­eral of UEFA.

“The very least we can say is that we have turned the si­t­u­a­tion around.

“In three years and four months, this or­gan­i­sa­tion went from be­ing toxic, al­most crim­i­nal, to be­ing what it should be, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that de­vel­ops foot­ball, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that cares about foot­ball.”

(AFP)

Gianni In­fantino (stand­ing in cen­tre) won a sec­ond term as FIFA Pres­i­dent

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