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And the new FIFA president is Infantino

26 February 2016, 18:11Israel Ojoko

Zurich - Gianni Infantino has been elected the new president of FIFA, replacing suspended Sepp Blatter.

Infantino won 115 votes as against his close competitor Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa who got 88 votes after the second round of voting.

To emerge winner, a candidate needed 104 votes.

Also read: As FIFA eyes reform, corruption probes continue

Infantino, born 23 March 1970 in Brig, is a Swiss football administrator of Italian origin. He has been the general secretary of UEFA since 2009 and holds both Swiss and Italian nationality.

On 26 October 2015, Infantino received the full backing of the UEFA Executive Committee to stand for the position of FIFA president in the upcoming FIFA Extraordinary Congress. On the same day, he confirmed his candidacy and that he submitted the required declarations of support.

A multi-lingual lawyer, he is married and has four children

From 1975 onwards, Blatter worked at FIFA, first as technical director (1975–1981), then general secretary (1981–1998), before his election as FIFA president in 1998.

He was re-elected as head of FIFA in 2002, and was re-elected unopposed for another four years on 31 May 2007, even though only 66 of 207 FIFA members nominated him. He remained FIFA president until an exposed money scandal that led to his six year suspension.

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