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Friday, February 26, 2016


With a simple majority of votes in second ballot, Swiss general secretary of the European soccer body UEFA, Gianni Infantino has been elected FIFA President until 2019. Infantino polled 115 votes in the second round of balloting to win ahead of favourite Sheikh Salman Ibrahim bin Al-Khalifa who polled 88 votes, Prince Ali Ibn Hussein who got 4 votes and Jérôme Champagne who got none.

The second round of voting followed the tough first balloting which failed to produce a clear winner as none of the candidates received the required two-thirds of the 207 votes cast.
Infantino received 88 votes in that round while Asian Football Confederation president, Sheikh bin Al 

Khalifa took 85 votes, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan got 27 votes and France’s Jerome Champagne picked up seven votes.

The fifth man for the race, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale pulled out before voting started, realizing that it was a futile effort after failing to secure the backing of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) which chose to vote for Ibn Al-Khalifa with the strong recommendation of then acting FIFA president and CAF president, Issa Hayatou.

The world football governing body now moves into a new era with the hope that things would get better for the round leather game worldwide.

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