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Gianni Infantino trumpets ‘new’ Fifa’s vast wealth at unopposed re-election | David Conn

Congress hears recitations of body’s eye-watering revenue and how ‘we have turned things round’ since corruption scandals

The last time football’s world governing body held a one-candidate election for president was eight years ago when the winner, Sepp Blatter, pledged to captain his Fifa “bateau” to calmer waters, before he was capsized in the ensuing tempest of corruption scandals.

This year in Paris Blatter’s thunderously ambitious replacement, the Swiss former Uefa secretary general Gianni Infantino, sailed to another unopposed re-coronation in an atmosphere around Fifa that was remarkably less stormy. He had greeted this annual gathering for the presidents and officials of football’s 211 countries by claiming his is “a new Fifa”, transformed from pariah status since his election in 2016.

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