Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as president of the world football association to the applause of FIFA members. The 52-year-old Swiss had no rival candidate and therefore FIFA did not think it necessary to have all 211 member associations vote during the congress in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Some countries, such as Germany, Norway and Sweden, had indicated in advance that they would not support Infantino’s re-election.
It was already clear in advance that this would be a formality. The Swiss, who has led FIFA since 2016, had no rival candidate, just like in the previous election in 2019. His term has now been extended by four years. The Dutch football association KNVB already announced in November that it supported Infantino’s re-election.
The KNVB does set a few conditions. For example, the association wants the criteria with regard to human rights to be better laid down for the allocation of major tournaments. The KNVB also wants Infantino to ensure better cooperation between FIFA and the European association UEFA, including on the composition of the international competition calendar.
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