Infantino re-elected FIFA President until 2027

Gianni Infantino was re-elected as FIFA president during the 73rd Congress in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday.

Infantino fell out of favor, making his re-election as head of football’s governing body a ritual, even if he was unpopular with member associations for various reasons, including promoting a failed plan to compete. World Cup biennial.

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The FIFA president opened his speech with an anecdote describing how he came to Kigali when he first campaigned in 2016 and almost gave up, likening his refusal to surrender to how Rwanda recovered. after the 1994 genocide.

“It’s an incredible honor and privilege, and a huge responsibility,” Infantino said. “I promise to continue serving FIFA and football around the world.

“To those who love me, and I know a lot of people, and those who hate me… I love you all.”

Mr. Infantino confirmed FIFA’s earnings had hit record levels in the last cycle from 2019-22, but promised to increase significantly again following the men’s and women’s Open World Cup tournaments and the introduction of the World Cup. 32 team world club championship.

“Revenue rises to record $7.5 billion [in 2022] during the COVID-19 pandemic. When I arrived, FIFA’s reserves were around $1 billion, today they’re closer to $4 billion,” Infantino said.

“We promise new record revenue for the next cycle of $11 billion and the New Club World Cup is not included in that number, so it could add a few billion more. dollars. [more].”

Infantino said FIFA would continue to review the transfer system to “improve transparency” and suggested the organization could discuss salary caps.

“We must improve our regulations and FIFA’s statutes. We will continue to develop our principles of good governance and review the transfer system, and can discuss improvements to improve. Transparency of transfer fees and wages.

“There may be a need to put a limit, we have to think about how to do that. We’ll look at this with all the stakeholders and see what we can do.”

Infantino was first elected in an Extraordinary General Assembly in 2016 after his predecessor Sepp Blatter resigned and remained in his position three years later.

But this is considered his second term and therefore he will be ready for his third and final term in four years.


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