7 Feb 2019

Infantino set for another term as FIFA boss

6:22 am on 7 February 2019

Gianni Infantino is set to serve a second term as Fifa president after being the only candidate entered in June's election.

Fifa boss Gianni Infantino.


The 48-year-old succeeded Sepp Blatter as the head of world football's governing body in February 2016.

The election will take place on June 5th in Paris before the women's World Cup, which starts two days later in France.

Former Tottenham defender Ramon Vega said he would stand against Infantino but did not garner enough support.

Vega needed the backing of five of Fifa's 211 member federations.

Infantino has introduced plans to increase the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 from 2026.

He has also proposed bringing the expansion forward to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with a decision on the idea expected when a feasibility study has been conducted.

"Following the call for election issued by the FIFA Council on 10 June 2018, FIFA's member associations have proposed, in due time and form, the following candidate for the presidential election to take place at the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris on 5 June 2019: Mr Gianni Infantino," FIFA said in a statement.