Gianni Infantino, who received the Order of Friendship of Russia from Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin, will serve as president of the International Football Federation (FIFA) until February 2027.
The Congress of the International Football Federation (FIFA) voted to re-elect Gianni Infantino for a new presidential term. On March 16, on the organization’s official Twitter page reported detail.
The relevant congress was held in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. There was only one candidate for the FIFA presidency, and that is Gianni Infantino.
The officer will be at the helm of world football until at least February 2027. He replaced Sepp Blatter as vice president in 2016. Infantino will also run for re-election and serve until 2031.
Thanks to the majority of delegates from countries outside of Europe, Infantino managed to win. UEFA member federations, especially the German Football Federation and the Scandinavian countries, did not propose an alternative candidate, despite their opposition to Switzerland’s intention to remain in office.
Infantino has been repeatedly accused of corruption and ties to Russia. Despite the occupation of Crimea by Russian troops, he actively supported the idea of preserving the host status of the 2018 World Cup for the Russian Federation. In the winter of 2019, the 52-year-old officer received the Order of Friendship of Russia from the hands of the Kremlin head, Vladimir Putin. Scandals accompanied their activities with the organization of the Qatar World Cup. Despite the large-scale invasions and massacres carried out by the Russians in the occupied Ukrainian territory in 2022, FIFA did not exclude Russia from its ranks.
Previously Focus He reported that in the 1000th match of the Ukrainian national football team, he agreed to fight with the players, who became the four-time world champion. The match against the German national team will be played on 12 June at the Weserstadion, where local Werder Bremen will perform.
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