Gianni Infantino caused a surprise by polling the most votes in round one of voting in today’s election to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.

The Uefa secretary general failed to get enough to seal outright victory, claiming 88 of the 207 votes available at an extraordinary congress in Zurich.

Pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa won 85, with Prince Ali bin al-Hussein next with 27, followed by Jerome Champagne on seven. Tokyo Sexwale withdrew earlier.

It is the first time voting for the presidential election had reached a second round since 1974.

Before voting began, reforms were passed to help make Fifa a more transparent and accountable organization.



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