FIFA PRESIDENT: Gianni Infantino Re-elected Till 2023

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FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has been re-elected in acclamation as president of world football governing body for a second term in Paris on Wednesday.

Infantino who served as former Uefa secretary general was behind the expansion of the World Cup for the 2026 tournament from 32 teams to 48 teams, which will be held United States, Canada and Mexico.

Infantino`s re-election will last till 2023. 49 years old Infantino was elected without opposition at Fifa’s annual congress in Paris.

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Infantino who succeeded Sepp Blatter in 2016 has increased the number of teams at the 2026 World Cup and proposed key changes to the Club World Cup.

The former FIFA President, Blatter, held the position for 17 years until he was banned amid a corruption scandal in 2015.

Addressing congress on Wednesday, Infantino stated that, “Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we’ve turned the situation around”

Infantino told the 211-member association before the vote that FIFA had come a long way since being embroiled in a series of corruption scandals that helped bring down Blatter in 2015.

He admitted of making mistakes, “The last three years and four months were of course not perfect, I have definitely made mistakes.”

He further stated “I have tried to improve myself but today no one speaks about crises. No one speaks about scandals, no one speaks about corruption any more.”

Acclamation vote was agreed upon by delegates to change statutes for the first time since 2007, when Blatter was re-elected for his third term.

FIFA President, Infantino stated that “no longer possible at FIFA to hide figures … we know exactly where every dollar comes from and where every dollar goes”.

FIFA reported surplus for revenue from 2018 World Cup of more than $1bn in the 2015-2018 cycle.

In the 2018 World Cup, revenue alone was $4.6bn, up $1.7bn from the previous tournament.

Reserves had fallen below the billion dollar mark for the first time in 2017, it later rose to a record $2.7bn at the end of December 2018, much higher than the expected growth of $1.6bn.

The corruption scandal that rocked FIFA, which led to Blatter’s removal and criminal charges against a number of FIFA and other officials, had caused financial problems for the governing body, among other things due to high legal costs.

FIFA President revealed that after experiencing its “worst crisis”, FIFA¬† had “a solid financial situation as never before”.

He assured that member associations would continue to benefit after receiving $1.1bn between 2015 and 2018, up from $326m in the previous cycle.

Source: Aljezeera

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