Lawyer is elected as new FIFA president

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The new president of FIFA is a lawyer.

Gianni Infantino, who suceeds the disgraced Sepp Blatter, was an adviser to the Italian, Spanish and Swiss football leagues, before joining European football governing body in UEFA in 2000, where he was director of legal affairs and club licensing from 2004.

Infantino beat nearest rival Sheikh Salman by 115 votes to 88 in the second round of voting. He will hope to bring respectability to an organisation which has been racked by scandal in recent years.

In his victory speech, he said: “FIFA has gone through sad times, moments of crisis, but those times are over. We need to implement the reform and implement good governance and transparency. We also need to have respect. We’re going to win back this respect through hard work, commitment and we’re going to make sure we can finally focus on this wonderful game that is football.”