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Gianni Infantino re-elected as FIFA president

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Friday, March 17, 2023

Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, speaking on Thursday at the annual meeting for soccer’s governing body in Kigali, Rwanda. (Credit...Jean Bizimana/Reuters).

Gianni Infantino on Thursday secured another four-year term as president of the global sports governing body FIFA in Rwanda, after running as the only candidate.

Infantino, 52, was crowned in Kigali by representatives from all the 211 national football federations across the world at the 73rd FIFA congress.

The Swiss national took over the remaining term of his suspended predecessor, Joseph Blatter, in 2016.

This is his first official election and he can seek another term in 2027 until 2031, according to FIFA statutes.

“Let me simply thank all of you. Those who love me, you are many, and the few who hate me, I love you all,” he told the delegates.

“Being FIFA president is a big honour and privilege but also a huge responsibility. You can continue to trust on my commitment.”

Upon re-election, Infantino announced that FIFA would increase the prize money for this year’s Women’s World Cup to $110.

He also announced that the men’s World Cup will increase from 32 teams to 48 for the next edition in North America in 2026, while the women’s World Cup will feature 32 teams for the first time in Australia and New Zealand later this year.

 

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