Gianni Infantino named Fifa's new president

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino has been voted in as Fifa’s new president.

Italy's Gianni Infantino in Zurich. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino has been voted in as Fifa's new president.

Infantino, 45, says he wants to work with everyone in order to restore a new era of Fifa.

He was elected as the ninth Fifa president after the second ballot with 115 of 207 total votes.

Infantino will be in office until 2019.


HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein: 4 votes

Shk. Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa: 88 votes

Jérôme Champagne: 0 votes

Gianni Infantino: 115 votes

A second round of voting to select Fifa's next president was underway earlier this evening after no candidate was elected outright in the first round.

Voting kicked off today, just minutes after South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale announced he was pulling out of the presidential race.

He was one of five candidates standing to lead soccer's scandal-plagued governing body out of the worst crisis in its 112-year history.

Sexwale said Fifa must help the new leader to fix the organisation.

"I'm here to join all of you who stand behind that president to make sure we are led by men who are prepared to take us out of the morals we are in."

The businessman says he can make a valuable contribution to Fifa in a different capacity to that of president.

Sexwale also said Fifa needs a president with integrity.

"So that we regain the trust of the public and the community so that Fifa goes back to being the credible organisation that it was when it was founded."


Qualified lawyer, Gianni Infantino was born in March 1970 and holds both Italian and Swiss nationalities.

Born in Brig, Switzerland, he hails from the same country as his disgraced predecessor Sepp Blatter.

Infantino has been voted into his new role while serving as UEFA general secretary - a position he's held since 2009.

The father of four's passion for football seeps into his personal life - he's said to still be very active on the field.

On his profile, which appears on the UEFA website, Infantino is quoted as saying "Football is passion, football is emotion, football is tolerance, football is respect, football is...magic!"