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Gianni Infantino set to sworn as FIFA president for 3rd term

Gianni Infantino set to sworn as FIFA president for 3rd term

Gianni Infantino set to sworn as FIFA president for 3rd term

Gianni Infantino set to sworn as FIFA president for 3rd term

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  • Gianni Infantino set to be sworn as FIFA president.
  • Infantino ran unchallenged for reelection in 2019.
  • He has already laid the groundwork for his stay until 2031.
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As FIFA’s annual congress takes place in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Thursday, Gianni Infantino is scheduled to be sworn in for a third four-year term as FIFA president.

At the 73rd FIFA Congress, delegates from the 211 member federations will only be able to choose between symbolically condemning or re-electing the incumbent, a 52-year-old, by acclamation.

After being unexpectedly elected in February 2016 in the wake of the Sepp Blatter controversy, Infantino ran unchallenged for reelection in 2019 and is now certain to remain in charge of international football until at least 2027.

Infantino has already laid the groundwork for his stay until 2031 by stating that his first three years in office did not constitute as a full term, despite the fact that the Zurich-based organization’s laws now only allow for a president to serve a maximum of three four-year terms.

While serving as FIFA president, the Swiss-Italian lawyer—who was born less than 10 kilometres from Blatter’s hometown—moved to extend the men’s World Cup and the Club World Cup. Despite this, he has never been far from controversy.

He vehemently defended Qatar, which recently hosted the men’s World Cup and was criticised for its treatment of migrant workers, women, and the LGBTQ population.

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Infantino called out critics in the West for their “hypocrisy” and “double standards” in regards to the decision to give the tournament to the Gulf state.

The Norwegian Football Association has submitted a proposal to examine “FIFA’s responsibility to remedy human rights abuses” in respect to the Qatar World Cup and future competitions, so it won’t be all smooth sailing for Infantino in Kigali.

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