Infantino set for re-election after receiving Caribbean backing

Gianni Infantino, the president of Fifa, looks set to be re-elected unopposed for a second term in the role, with 25 Caribbean football federations becoming the latest to pledge their votes to the Swiss.

The executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union confirmed today that it had agreed unanimous support for Infantino ahead of next year’s vote on June 5 in Paris.

Fifa has set a deadline of February 5 for presidential rivals to confirm their candidacy. So far, no one has indicated any intention to do so. With less than two months remaining until the deadline and Infantino having already received the backing of the CFU, Conmebol and the OFC, it is unlikely that a fresh candidate will emerge.

Should he secure the election victory it would represent a first full term for Infantino, who was appointed in 2016 to complete the fifth term of his disgraced predecessor and countryman Sepp Blatter.

Infantino recently courted controversy after it emerged that he had discussed a $25bn (€22bn) sell-off of almost all of Fifa’s commercial and media rights to a Saudi-backed consortium.