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FIFA: Gianni Infantino Springs Surprise With Slim Margin as Voting Enters Second Round

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – There was a surprise at the end of round one voting of the ongoing FIFA Presidential election in Zurich, as Gianni Infantino polled the highest votes, but not up to the required two third.

With 88 votes at the extraordinary congress, the UEFA Secretary General failed to garner enough figure to be declared outrightly, the new FIFA head.

Followed was the pre-vote favoured, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa who mustered 85 votes.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein came a distance third with 27 votes, followed by Jerome Champagne who polled seven votes.

The development made it the first time voting for the FIFA Presidency entered a second round since 1974, when Joao Havelange of Brazil became the first non-European President ahead of England’s Sir Stanley Rous.

The embattled immediate past President Sepp Blatter, who led the world football governing body since 1998, resigned last year and was subsequently banned for six years.


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