UPDATE: Gianni Infantino Elected New President Of FIFA
Gianni Infantino, who only entered the race for President of FIFA when his boss, UEFA soccer head Michel Platini, was placed under investigation for ethics violations, was elected on the second ballot today in the vote in Hallenstadion, Zurich.
Although FIFA delegates see this as a clean break from the corrupt past, there are striking similarities between Infantino and FIFA's former president, Sepp Blatter, who was banned for six years for ethics violations. Huffington Post:
Both were raised in the same Swiss valley, only 10 km (six miles) from each other, both were modest amateur footballers and both speak the same five languages. Each went to university and then began their careers in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
Prior to the first ballot today, your dream of having a man named Tokyo Sexwale in soccer news on a daily basis had died: he dropped out of the running for president. None of the four remaining candidates got the two-thirds majority needed to win the election (results below), so went to a second ballot, where only a simple majority was needed to win. Infantino then received 115 votes of the 104 needed.
First ballot voting totals: Infantino 88 votes; Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa 85; Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan 27; former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne of France 7.
Tokyo Sexwale started his speech saying he wouldn’t quit. Ended his speech by quitting.
GREATEST. SPEECH. EVER. #FIFAelection
— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) February 26, 2016
Stephen Colbert refers to FIFA as the ‘international soccer & bribe-taking organization,’ excited by candidate The Amazing Corruppto.
— David W. Larkin Esq. (@SportCorruption) February 26, 2016
— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) February 26, 2016
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