Infantino elected new FIFA boss

Gianni Infantino has been elected president of FIFA after two rounds of voting in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday. 

The Swiss-born football administrator received 115 votes during the election to beat his closest challenger to the presidency Sheikh Salman, who got 88 votes.

Prince Ali al-Hussein from Jordan and Frenchman Jerome Champagne meanwhile received four votes and zero votes respectively.

South African Tokyo Sexwale withdrew his candidacy from the election moments before the voting got under way.

Infantino, the former UEFA general secretary, takes charge of the world football governing body that has been dogged by scandals since former president Sepp Blatter was suspended last year.

“I want to work with you to establish a new era in which we can put football at the centre stage,” Infantino said.

“I cannot express my feelings in this moment. I told you I went through an exceptional journey, which made me meet many fantastic people, who live and breathe football, and many people deserve to see Fifa is highly respected. Everyone in the world will applaud us for what we will do. Everyone will be proud of what we will do.”

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