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Infantino re-elected as FIFA president for a second term

International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 05/06/2019

Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as FIFA president for a second term after a annual congress in Paris.

The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian succeeded Sepp Blatter in 2016 was in charge for 17 years until he was banned amid a corruption scandal in 2015.

Infantino will contnue to be in officce until 2023 and has increased the number of teams at the 2026 World Cup and proposed key changes to the Club World Cup.

He said "Nobody talks about a crisis at Fifa any more or rebuilding it from scratch.

"Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we've turned the situation around.

"This organisation has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be - an organisation that develops football and is now synonymous with transparency, integrity."

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

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