FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as president of soccer’s global governing body at its 69th Congress in Paris, France.
Infantino replaced Sepp Blatter in February 2016, serving a shortened first term after his predecessor’s impeachment. His unopposed re-election will see the Swiss serve a full four-year presidential term through 2023.
Following the vote, Infantino said: “Thanks to all those who love me, and all those who hate me. Today I love everyone.”
Infantino went on to discuss what he believes to be a vast improvement of FIFA’s reputation under his watch, claiming to have “turned the situation around” following Blatter’s scandal-riddled regime, which was uncovered in 2015 by US investigators.
“Nobody talks about crisis at Fifa any more or rebuilding it from scratch,” he said. “Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football.
Adding: “This organisation has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be – an organisation that develops football and is now synonymous with transparency, integrity.”
Infantino’s tenure so far has seen him push through an expanded 48-team FIFA World Cup, although plans to bring that change forward from 2026 to 2022 in Qatar were abandoned last month. In March, FIFA also approved Infantino’s plans for a 24-team Club World Cup from 2021.