Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

FIFA President Infantino reelected for second term

FIFA President Infantino reelected for second term

Gianni Infantino will run football's world governing body FIFA for four more years after being elected for a second term as president by acclamation in Paris on Wednesday.

Infantino, however, claimed to have turned the organisation from being "toxic and nearly criminal" back to its core value. Nobody talks about scandals or corruption; we talk about football.

"I'll give you the full operational details later but I can say it will be a great learning opportunity for us, too".

"In three years and four months, this organisation went from being toxic, nearly criminal, to being what it should be, an organisation that develops football, an organisation that cares about football".

"Today, everything is open and transparent".

"The past three years and four months have certainly not been ideal", Infantino said.

"There is no more place for corruption", he claimed.

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Infantino's re-election had been a formality since he was confirmed as the sole candidate in February.

With Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup in November and December that year, it represents the flawless chance for organisers to test their new stadiums in 2019 and 2020 at the same time of year.

The radical change to the tournament will now have to wait until 2026, but Infantino has already got the green light for a flagship 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021.

Infantino said FIFA's previously precarious financial situation was now looking rosy, with the organisation's budget increased from $5 billion to $6.4bn and reserves up from $1bn to $2.75bn.

Reflecting on how far Federation Internationale de Football Association has come in three years and four months, Infantino said: "Today nobody is talking about crisis, nobody is talking about rebuilding from scratch, nobody is talking about corruption".

"For those who love me, for those who hate me", Infantino said.

"I can not stand still and not do anything, that is not in my DNA".

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