Imran Chohan

Imran Chohan

                         CC image of new FIFA president Gianni Infantino

Somalilandtribune report

Gianni Infantino was on Friday evening elected as the new president of FIFA succeeding the banned Sep Blatter.The new FIFA president term runs unitl 2019.

According to Aljazeera,Infantino recieved 115 votes during the second round of voting, more than the required majority of 104 votes from the 207 members.Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain had 88 votes.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan had four votes while Frenchman Jerome Champagne none.

The 45-year-old former lawyer saluted voters by patting his right hand over his heart, and had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech.

“We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA. And everyone in the world will applaud us,” Infantino said, referring to bribery and corruption investigations that have rocked football’s governing body and forced Blatter out of office after more than 17 years as president.

“I want to be the president of all of you … It is time to return to football. FIFA has gone through hard times, crisis times,” said Infantino adding “These times are over … We have to win back the respect, and focus on this wonderful game that is football.”