FIFA elects new president
Gianni Infantino has succeeded Sepp Blatter as the new president of FIFA. The UEFA secretary general was able to pull a massive victory by receiving 115 of 207 possible votes in the second round. Shekih Salman who was considered the favorite to win only received 88 votes.
Infantino, 45, who at first had no plans to join the race, chose to participate after Michael Platini, the boss of the European football’s governing body UEFA, was denied as a candidate when he was suspended for six years due to corruption.
“I feel a lot of emotion and have not realized yet what has happened today. It is still very fresh and it’s been a long and exciting journey and I probably need some time to chill out and see what has happened,” Infantino said.
Infantino will be president until May of 2019, completing the rest of Sepp Blatter’s term.
Blatter, who has been the President since 1998 and also suspended for six years due to corruption, has congratulated Infantino for the victory.
‘‘I congratulate Gianni Infantino sincerely and warmly on his election as the new president,’’ Blatter said in a statement. ‘‘With his experience, expertise, strategic, and diplomatic skills he has all the qualities to continue my work and to stabilize FIFA again.”
The former lawyer takes over in a difficult time where FIFA has been surrounded by different types of scandals. The FBI has investigated and found people from FIFA who have committed fraud over the years. Infantino, who was very emotional in his first speech as the commander, is ready to fix the situation and clean the image that has been dirtied in these past months.
‘We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA. And everyone in the world will applaud us.” he said.
He kept on adding, “I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era of Fifa where we can again put football at the center of the stage.
“Fifa has gone through sad times, moments of crisis, but those times are over. We need to implement the reform and implement good governance and transparency. We also need to have respect.”
It was also decided before going to vote that any president will be stripped from making power decisions. Reforms were also instilled to end any type of frauds. 89 percent of the FIFA voted to approve all the reforms that were brought to the table.
Infantino plans to bring soccer back to where it needs to be. Former players of the game have congratulated Infantino. Infantino commits to win the respect that FIFA has lost.
“We’re going to win back this respect through hard work, commitment and we’re going to make sure we can finally focus on this wonderful game.”