As he urged for more football to be played around the world, Gianni Infantino was re-elected as FIFA president on Thursday at the 73rd Congress in Kigali. He made a record income pledge of $11 billion for the upcoming four-year cycle.
Infantino faced no competition, which made his re-election as the head of football’s governing body a formality. Nevertheless, he is not universally adored by member associations due to a number of scandals, including the treatment of migrant workers prior to last year’s World Cup in Qatar and a failed attempt to hold the competition every two years.
Infantino acknowledged that FIFA’s revenue reached record highs in the previous cycle of 2019–22, but he pledged to significantly increase it once more as a result of the expansion of the men’s and women’s World Cup competitions and the addition of a 32-team Club World Cup.
Despite his seven years in office being financially successful, Infantino has courted controversy as well, which has made him unpopular with several member organisations.
He charged hypocrisy and bigotry against those who criticized the World Cup host nation Qatar’s human rights record. The event in the desert state sparked intense political debate about how the host country treats migrant workers,
This included the “One Love” anti-discrimination armband’s prohibition, which sparked outrage in a number of places.