Infantino wins FIFA presidency


Switzerland’s Gianni Infantino has succeeded countryman Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.

The Uefa secretary general polled 115 votes in round two, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein was third with four, while Jerome Champagne failed to get any. Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich.

The first round of voting had failed to determine an outright winner.

A simple majority of more than 50 per cent – 104 votes – was sufficient for victory in the second round.

The election entered a second round of voting for the first time in 42 years

Infantino is a 45-year-old lawyer from Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland, less than six miles from Blatter’s hometown of Visp.

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