MOSCOW, June 13. /TASS/. FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced on Wednesday his plans to run for re-election as the president of the world’s governing football body next year at the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris.
Addressing the participants of the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Infantino thanked everyone for electing him for the first term and said he was planning to run for re-election next year in Paris.
"I would like to announce to all of you - the members of FIFA, who have elected me two years and four months ago - that I will be standing for re-election next year on the 5th of June in Paris," Infantino told the Congress in the Russian capital.
Born in Switzerland, current FIFA President Infantino is fluent in French, Italian and German and also speaks English, Spanish and Arabic.
FIFA convened for its extraordinary Congress in February 2016 to elect the organization’s new president following a chain of high-profile corruption scandals, which engulfed the organization in 2015.
Then-president of FIFA Sepp Blatter announced his plans in late 2015 to resign as soon as the voting takes place to elect a new candidate at the helm of FIFA.