Infantino Gets Another Four Years As FIFA President

Gianni Infantino Re-Elected FIFA President Until 2027

01:35 PM WAT, Thu March 16, 2023

Gianni Infantino has been re-elected to head FIFA for another four years at the 73rd association's Congress in Kigali, Rwanda.

The 52 year old became head of world football's governing body when he succeeded Sepp Blatter in 2016.

The Swiss-Italian,  retained the role in 2019 and, after standing unopposed for re-election, will continue to lead Fifa until 2027.

Infantino in accepting the mandate said "It is an incredible honour and privilege, and a great responsibility,".

The president told delegates how much he loved FIFA, after the re-election, as he stressed that he would like to restore the image of FIFA, and make soccer global.

"I promise to continue serving Fifa and football around the world," Infantino said at the FIFA Congress in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday.

Infantino, was UEFA's general secretary from 2009, where he moved up in 2016, to win an emergency election after Blatter's scandal.

Meanwhile, FIFA’s statutes currently limit a president to a maximum of three to four-year terms, as Infantino prepares the ground to stay until 2031, declaring in December that his first three years at the helm did not count as a full term.

Infantino, who staunchly defended Qatar's hosting of last year's World Cup, has overseen the expansion of the men's and women's World Cup, alongside a huge increase in FIFA revenues.