Infantino set for re-election as Fifa president

Gianni Infantino is set for a second term as president of Fifa after football’s global governing body confirmed that his was the only candidature received for June’s election.

The 48-year-old has served as Fifa president since February 2016, when he succeeded the disgraced Sepp Blatter.

Infantino will stand unopposed in the June 5 election, which will take place in Paris ahead of this year’s Women’s World Cup in France.

Last week, former Swiss international footballer Ramon Vega said he was considering launching a campaign to run against Infantino for Fifa presidency but he ultimately did not gain enough support.

Vega, who was capped 23 times by Switzerland, needed support from five of Fifa’s 211 member federations but this was not forthcoming.

Fifa’s deadline for presidential rivals to confirm their candidacy was yesterday (Wednesday).

Since being appointed as Fifa president, Infantino has introduced plans to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 for its 2026 edition, which will be co-hosted by the US, Mexico and Canada. It remains a possibility that the expansion could be brought forward for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with a decision expected in March.