FIFA President Election: Gianni Infantino to Run Unopposed

FIFA President Election

Gianni Infantino is most likely going to serve four more years as FIFA President as he runs unopposed in the coming election.

The 48-year-old had the required nomination letters from five of the 211 member federations when the deadline passed at midnight Tuesday in Zurich, FIFA said Wednesday.

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Infantino must now pass the formality of eligibility and integrity checks for the election on June 5 in Paris.

The Swiss lawyer has been widely expected to win unopposed with support already pledged by most FIFA members, including through their continental governing bodies such as North America's CONCACAF and South America's CONMEBOL.

Since being elected in February 2016, Infantino oversaw increasing the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, and picking the United States, Canada and Mexico to co-host it.

Blatter was later expelled by the FIFA ethics committee for financial irregularities along with Michel Platini, Infantino's former boss at UEFA. The main event of Infantino's first full mandate is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Infantino has acknowledged the 2022 tournament is not likely to be changed amid the region's current diplomatic tensions.

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A decision could be taken by the FIFA Council in Miami next month to honour Qatar's original hosting plan.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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