Gianni Infantino wins FIFA presidential election

Gianni Infantino pulled off a stunning victory Friday to take over as FIFA president, and called for a fresh start for soccer’s scandal-wracked world body.

“I am convinced a new era is starting,” said Infantino, who became a candidate only when a case of financial wrongdoing removed his own boss at Europe’s soccer body UEFA, Michel Platini, and departing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, from the sport.

Infantino promised to meet quickly with World Cup broadcasters and sponsors, saying they “they need to regain trust and confidence in football and in FIFA.”



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