INFANTINO UNOPPOSED :FIFA President Gianni Infantino is to lead global football for the next three years.
At a nomination night in France, infantino was returned unopposed with 179 Nations votes out of 211.
His seat will be rubber stamped in the football governing body’s next election in June because his sole rival and opponent Ramon Vega, a swiss former footballer and financier, could not get the five nominations required to be a candidate before the deadline.
Candidates need support from just five of FIFA’s 211 national member associations and must show they have been involved in the game for five years which means Infantino will go unopposed.
Vega, whose career included stints at England’s Tottenham Hotspur and Scotland’s Celtic, was hoping to harness some discontent towards Infantino among some powerful groups in world football to mount a challenge.
But that support from some people angry proved more rhetorical for Vega to run for FIFA presidency that is one of the highest-profile jobs in global sport and commands a wage of more than $1.5 million.
This massive endorsement of Infantino shows the man has strongly entrenched himself in the politics on world football after several confederations including Caf threw their support behind him.
Africa’s unanimous support for Infantino stems not only from the improved financial support for federations but also the Swiss’ decision to hand the General Secretary job to an African woman Fatma Samoura of Senegal has proved hugely popular.
The FIFA president has held secret talks with a consortium of international investors led by Japanese group SoftBank, which pledged $25 billion to expand the Club World Cup.
The proposals have divided the UEFA executives who complained the moves would undermine Europe’s position as the pinnacle of club football.
Infantino was elected in 2016, to replace disgraced Sepp Blatter, whose 18-year reign was marked by a corruption scandal that led to dozens of top FIFA officials arrested.