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FIFA’s Infantino gets election backing from 11-voter Oceania

November 23, 2018

El presidente de la FIFA, Gianni Infantino, habla en la ceremonia inaugural del nuevo edificio de la Confederación Asiática de Fútbol en Kuala Lumpur, Malasia, el martes 30 de octubre de 2018 (AP Foto/Vincent Thian)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The 11-member Oceania Football Confederation says it is backing FIFA President Gianni Infantino for re-election.

The Oceania group says its executive committee — comprising 11 member federation presidents in New Zealand and the Pacific islands — voted unanimously to support the FIFA leader.

Infantino is seeking a full four-year term from 211 FIFA member countries at a June 5 vote in Paris. He was elected in February 2016 to complete the mandate of Sepp Blatter, who was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee.

Infantino has no challenger yet before a Feb. 5 deadline for potential candidates.

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