Infantino re-elected FIFA president after running unopposed
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Gianni Infantino was re-elected FIFA president on Wednesday, winning a fresh four-year mandate after running unopposed for world football's most powerful position.

Infantino, 49, first took the job in 2016 when he succeeded Sepp Blatter amid a FIFA corruption scandal that drew action from Swiss authorities and the FBI.

He will now serve as president until 2023.

"This organization has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be: an organization that develops football and is now synonymous with transparency, integrity," Infantino told the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris, France.

"Today, everything is open and transparent. It is not possible at FIFA to make hidden payments or do anything unethical with our money. There is no place for corruption."

Rules were also changed earlier Wednesday to bypass a vote when there's only one person standing for election. A round of applause broke out when it was determined Infantino was the sole candidate.

Infantino has spearheaded a number of initiatives since becoming FIFA president. He oversaw the implementation of video assistant referees (VAR) at the 2018 World Cup and pushed to increase the number of teams at the 2026 World Cup to 48.

However, the former UEFA secretary general has also fought his own battles. Infantino was investigated and cleared in 2016 by the FIFA ethics committee for using jets for personal trips and was accused of interfering with the governance committee.

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