MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday he
will bid for a new term as the head of world football’s
governing body next year.
Swiss-Italian has held the position since 2016 when he took over
from Sepp Blatter following a corruption scandal.
“I want another four
years of it because I believe in what I do,” Infantino said
after the annual FIFA conference in Moscow. “I believe in what I
can do for FIFA and for football.”
FIFA elections will
take place in Paris in June 2019.
Infantino has made
financial stability a key priority during his tenure while also
embracing new technology such as the Video Assistant Referee
“I feel as well a
lot of support from many around the world who want to see a
strong FIFA, who want to see a FIFA who is present, a FIFA who
is helping to address their issues about football development,”
President Vladimir Putin praised the impact made by Infantino
since he took charge of the Zurich-based body.
“We know that
Infantino became the head of FIFA in difficult times but he has
steered it well, like a true fighter,” Putin said in a short
speech during the conference.
saw FIFA delegates vote to grant the 2026 World Cup hosting
rights to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Morocco failed in its bid for a fifth time.
Russia is the host
of this year’s tournament, which will begin on Thursday.