Gianni Infantino re-elected as FIFA president as fans fear ‘football has died’

An unopposed Gianni Infantino will remain as FIFA president until at least 2027 having been re-elected for the third time – to the displeasure of football fans.

The Swiss football administrator had no opponent before Thursday's leadership announcement just days after he controversially oversaw a major World Cup expansion.

Infantino was also slammed at the World Cup in Qatar following a bizarre speech in which he claimed to feel Qatari, African, gay and disabled in a strange bid to get fans onside.

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With the news from the 73rd FIFA Congress being shared from the Rwandan capital of Kigali, 2000 delegates were in attendance to see Infantino re-elected again having taken the post in 2016.

One sorrowful fan said: "Football died today sadly." A second agreed: "Football is in the trenches".

A third fan posted: "What an absolute joke." A fourth said: "I am disgusted with FIFA." A fifth simply concluded: "Terrible news".

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Only days earlier Infantino announced that the 2026 World Cup, which will be held across Mexico, Canada and the United States, would welcome 40 teams instead of 32.

It is understood more games will help FIFA chase its target of more than £9billion in revenue. It will also solve format issues for the trio of hosts.

The update means that 40 additional games will be played on top of the usual 64, with fans quickly taking to social media to vent their fury towards the governing body.

The World Cup welcomed 32 teams from the 1998 edition until Qatar in 2022, with the new format to include 12 groups of four and knockout stage places for eight third-placed sides.

FIFA's statement on their decision read: "Based on a thorough review that considered sporting integrity, player welfare, team travel, commercial and sporting attractiveness, as well as team and fan experience, the FIFA Council unanimously approved the proposed amendment to the FIFA World Cup 2026 competition format from 16 groups of three to 12 groups of four with the top two and eight best third-placed teams progressing to a round of 32.

"The revised format mitigates the risk of collusion and ensures that all the teams play a minimum of three matches, while providing balanced rest time between competing teams."


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