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Infantino re-elected as FIFA President

The Re-election was marked by a round of applause from the congress after the statues were changed earlier in the day to no longer require a vote if there was only one candidate for the position.

The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer now has a four year mandate to try and accomplish his grandiose plans for football, which were partly frustrated in his first term.

Infantino, however, claimed to have turned the organization from being “toxic and almost criminal” back to its core value

He has been in charge of FIFA since February 2016, after succeeding Sepp Blatter in the wake of a damaging corruption scandal that Infantino claimed the body had now shaken off.

“Nobody talks about crisis at FIFA any more. or rebuilding it from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals or corruption; we talk about football.

There is no more place for corruption,” he claimed.

Infantino said FIFA’s previously precarious financial situation was now looking rosy, with the organisation’s budget increased from $5 billion to $6.4bn and reserves up from $1bn to $2.75bn.

This was despite increased spending on development projects in FIFA’s 211 member associations.

FIFA spent $1.1bn in the period 2015-18, and will increase the sum to $1.75bn from 2019-2022, he added.

Infantino claimed 11 areas of progress during his tenure, from financial health, women’s development, the fight against racism and a scandal-free 2026 World Cup bidding process.

However, he said the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system had been his major triumph.

“It’s the biggest success story. It has become an integral part of football inside one year.

“It doesn’t change the game, but it helps and cleans the game; it brings justice to the game.

“It’s not perfect but it’s very close to perfection,” he said.

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