Fifa Election – Norway vs Infantino – Sport
Shortly before the World Football Association Congress in Kigali, the pressure on the German Football Association is growing to position itself clearly on the upcoming re-election of controversial Fifa President Gianni Infantino, 52. The Norwegian association with President Lise Klaveness was the first member association to announce that it would refuse to support Infantino. “We will not elect him,” said the 41-year-old of ARD, “we believe that he has missed many opportunities to really implement the changes for which he was elected.”
Infantino, against whom criminal proceedings are pending in Switzerland, is the only candidate. When there is only one candidate, such elections in world football are often decided by acclamation. The DFB has so far left the question of how it votes open. Association boss Bernd Neuendorf recently referred to upcoming agreements with friendly European member associations. He also tied the vote to the condition that Infantino would follow up his announcements to improve the situation of Qatari guest workers with deeds; however, this has not happened to date.
Before the congress, the human rights organizations Amnesty International and Avaaz presented Fifa with an open letter calling for compensation for migrant workers who have suffered human rights violations in connection with the World Cup. The letter was signed by a million people in 190 countries.