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Niersbach hopes Infantino becomes the new FIFA president

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 01:09

Wolfgang Niersbach forecasts a fight between Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, frontrunners for the FIFA presidency and hopes for a win of the Swiss.

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SHOWS: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (FEBRUARY 25, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (German) FORMER GERMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (DFB) PRESIDENT AND UEFA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER, WOLFGANG NIERSBACH, SAYING: "You can't be totally sure, but the forecast for tomorrow looks very clear to me. In the first round of voting we won't see a winner, and in the second round at least 104 votes out of the 203 voting countries are needed to win. I don't think this is going to happen in the second round either, but I am pretty sure that the fight is going to be between Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Salman. And I hope Gianni Infantino is the winner because I think he is the best candidate for this position at FIFA." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (German) FORMER GERMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (DFB) PRESIDENT AND UEFA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER, WOLFGANG NIERSBACH, SAYING: "It is a democratic vote in which you have to organise yourself, but that is how the vote is held, and the five candidates presented themselves today as well as they could. But in the end, it is democracy that wins, and you neither know how these things are going to end nor who the winner will be tomorrow. On Friday next week we will held an extraordinary meeting to discuss how the future for UEFA will be." STORY: Former German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach said on Thursday (February 25) that his hopes for Gianni Infantino, the Swiss general secretary of UEFA, to become new FIFA president, were high. Niersbach, a member of the UEFA executive committee, said: "You can't be totally sure, but the forecast for tomorrow looks very clear to me. In the first round of voting we won't see a winner, and in the second round at least 104 votes out of the 203 voting countries are needed to win. I don't think this is going to happen in the second round either, but I am pretty sure that the fight is going to be between Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Salman. And I hope Gianni Infantino is the winner because I think he is the best candidate for this position at FIFA." Infantino is one of five candidates standing in the election, in which each of FIFA's 209 national football associations (FAs) holds one vote. He and Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain are considered the frontrunners in a field that also includes South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Frenchman Jerome Champagne. "It is a democratic vote in which you have to organise yourself, but that is how the vote is held, and the five candidates presented themselves today as well as they could. But in the end, it is democracy that wins, and you neither know how these things are going to end nor who the winner will be tomorrow. On Friday next week we will held an extraordinary meeting to discuss how the future for UEFA will be," Niersbach added. Outgoing president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, head of European soccer federation UEFA, once the two most powerful men in world football, had their bans for ethics violations upheld on Wednesday, although they were reduced from eight years to six. The 79-year-old Blatter, who served for 17 years as FIFA president, and Platini, 60, one of the greatest players of all time and UEFA president since 2007, had appealed against the bans imposed last October.

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Niersbach hopes Infantino becomes the new FIFA president

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 01:09