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    Infantino to be re-elected

    Gianni Infantino is likely to be re-elected “by acclamation” as FIFA President after world chiefs confirmed he was the only candidate for next year’s vote, as per SunSport’s Martin Lipton in Doha.

    Swiss Infantino has received the public backing of the South American, African and Asian confederations for a second full four-year term.

    Former Uefa general secretary Infantino filled the void left by the forced resignation of Sepp Blatter in 2016 and was unopposed three years later.

    With no potential rivals having received the required backing of five national federations by Thursday’s nomination deadline, Infantino will be confirmed at the annual Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, in March.

    It is expected he will be put in place by acclamation rather than a formal vote of the 211 member associations.

    While there is a 12-year maximum term of office, the first three years of Infantino’s reign do not count as it was an extraordinary election, meaning he can stay in post until 2031 if re-elected again in 2027


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