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BREAKING: Gianni Infantino has been elected FIFA president

FIFA

Zurich, Switzerland – Gianni Infantino has been elected FIFA president after 2nd round of voting.

The UEFA general secretary beat Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan and the former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne. The South African Tokyo Sexwale withdrew moments before the first vote.

Sheikh Salman had been favorite to succeed Blatter because of support from the Asia and Africa, while Infantino had the backing of UEFA members.

Voting went to a second round after none of the candidates received the required two-thirds majority in the first round at the extraordinary congress. Infantino led the first round, with 88 of the 207 votes cast, ahead of Sheikh Salman’s 85 votes, Prince Ali’s 27 and Champagne’s seven.

It was the first time voting for the FIFA presidential election had reached a second round since 1974, when Joao Havelange of Brazil became the first non-European president ahead of England’s Sir Stanley Rous.

The previous FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, stood down last year amid a corruption scandal. He was subsequently banned from involvement in soccer for six years.

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