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18:02 Infantino wins


Gianni Infantino has been voted in as FIFA's new President, replacing Swiss compatriot Sepp Blatter.

The UEFA General Secretary won 115 votes in the second round of voting to achieve the simple majority he needed. His nearest challenger, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, got 88 votes while Prince Ali bin al-Hussein received 4 votes and Jérôme Champagne 0.

"We will revive the image and respect of FIFA and everyone in the world will applaud us for what we will do in the future," the 45-year-old said on accepting the mantle.

The Zurich-based governing body of world sport has been mired in corruption scandals in the past few years, resulting in criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States and the downfall of Blatter.

Blatter is currently serving a six-year ban from the sport over a suspect payment to UEFA President Michel Platini (who received the same ban from FIFA's ethics committee). A number of other senior officials have either been banned or arrested as part of the ongoing probes into FIFA affairs.

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