Current FIFA President Gianni Infantino is all set to get another four years at the helm as he stands unopposed to be re-elected for a third term in the position, the world governing body confirmed on Thursday. The 52-year-old became the head of the football’s governing body in February 2016 after taking over the reins from Sepp Blatter. Infantino will be the lone candidate in the presidential election polls next year, confirmed FIFA in its statement.
“Following the call for election issued by the FIFA Council on 30 March 2022, FIFA’s member associations have proposed, in due time and form, the following candidate for the presidential election due to take place at the 73rd FIFA Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, on 16 March 2023: Mr Gianni Infantino (incumbent FIFA President); No other candidature has been submitted,” said FIFA in its statement.
Meanwhile, journalist Rob Harris has revealed that Infantino has been backed by over 50 European nations for another term as FIFA President.
The Swiss-Italian football administration was re-elected in 2019. Infantino is now set to stay in the job until after the end of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Infantino's upcoming re-election to the $3 million-per-year job may not be his final term in office. FIFA rules allow him to run again to stay in power for another World Cup cycle until 2031, according to news agency AP.
The first three years of Infantino's presidency, which came when he stepped into complete Blatter's unfinished term does not count in the 12-year limit agreed to in reforms passed during a prolonged corruption crisis before his first election.