Football: Infantino elected FIFA president

Gianni Infantino talks after being elected as the new FIFA President. Photo / Getty
Gianni Infantino talks after being elected as the new FIFA President. Photo / Getty

Switzerland's Gianni Infantino has been elected president of football's ruling body FIFA to succeed compatriot Sepp Blatter on a term until 2019.

The UEFA general secretary Infantino received 115 votes in a second round of voting, more than the required majority of 104 votes from the 207 members.

The other favourite, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, had 88 votes. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan had 4 and Frenchman Jerome Champagne none.

Infantino took a deep breath and then said in his first speech: "We will restore the image of FIFA ... We have to be proud of FIFA. We have to be proud altogether.

"I want to be the president of all of you ... It is time to return to football. FIFA has gone through hard times, crisis times. These times are over ... We have to win back the respect, and focus on this wonderful game that is football."

-AAP

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