Gianni Infantino Set to Run for 2019 FIFA Re-Election

October 12, 2019

Rabat- Gianni Infantino announced on Wednesday at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow that he will run for re-election as FIFA president in 2019.Infantino takes pride in the work he does for the world’s football governing body, he said in a speech following the 2026 World Cup bid vote: “I want another four years of it because I believe in what I do […] I believe in what I can do for FIFA and for football.” Infantino recalled FIFA’s “clinically dead” condition before his election in February, 2016. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter was haunted by corruption allegations leading Swiss prosecutors to subject him to criminal investigations. Blatter’s 17-year presidency over FIFA was jeopardized after he was accused of receiving bribes from Russia and Qatar to allow them to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments. The allegations lead FIFA to drastically reform its host selection process. The FIFA Congress for the president’s election will take place June 2019 in Paris.Earlier on Wednesday, the joint North American bid, United 2026, won 134 votes from national football federations to host the 2026 World Cup, against Morocco’s 65.

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