Gianni Infantino: Wiki, Bio, Age, Country, Wife, UEFA, Controversies, Alcohol Ban, Wife, Children, Parents, Nationality: Gianni Infantino is a Swiss-Italian Football Administrator who is the current and the 9th president of FIFA. He was first elected for the position in 2016 and re-elected in 2019. He became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2020. Gianni Infantino is currently experiencing a lot of criticism from FIFA fans for his Alcohol Ban rule. He banned the consumption of alcohol within the stadium for FIFA 2022 as he wants the viewers to respect the religion of Qatar. However, it was later revealed that viewers buying costly tickets can drink within the stadium during the match. This further instilled criticism and fans started saying that they would not have come if the rules were known beforehand. Keep reading this article to know more about his life, career, Contributions to FIFA, UEFA, Controversies, Hometown, Nationality, Parents, Children, Wife, Birthday, Zodiac, height, Weight, salary, net worth Awards, and other personal details.
He was born on the 23rd of March in the year 1970 and is currently 52 years old. Born on 23rd March, his Zodiac Sign or Sun Sign is Aries. Born and brought up in Switzerland he has Swiss Nationality, but he also gains an Italian Nationality via his parents who were immigrants from Italy.
Gianni Infantino Early Life, Parents, Hometown, Education
He was born in Brig, Switzerland, and grew up there. His parents were Maria Minolfi and Vincenzo Infantino. Maria and Vincenzo were immigrants from Italy, one from Calabria and another from Lombardi.
Gianni pursued a degree in law from the University of Fribourg. Apart from his degree, he is also fluent in a lot of foreign languages such as Spanish, French, German, English, Portuguese, and Arabic.
Gianni Infantino Family, Wife, Children
Gianni married Leena Al Ashqar 2001, who is of Lebanese descent. They have 4 children together. His children are Shania Serena Infantino, Dhalia Nora Infantino, Sabrina Infantino, Alessia Infantino.
Gianni Infantino Career
He started his career working as the Secretary General of the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchâtel. He then worked with UEFA and FIFA.
Gianni Infantino UEFA
He started working in UEFA in August 2000 and because of his Law degree, he was appointed as the Director of UEFA’s Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division in January 2004. He kept progressing in his career in UEFA and became the deputy general secretary in 2007 and Secretary General in 2009. While in UEFA, he introduced Financial Fair Play and improved commercial support to more minor national associations.
He was the mastermind behind the expansion of UEFA Euro 2016 to 24 teams and also played a role in the conception of the UEFA Nations League and UEFA Euro 2020, which took place in the 13 European Nations, though now its 11 nations.
In 2015, the Greek government decided to introduce a new sports law to curb acts of violence and corruption mainly in Greek football. Gianni led the negotiations with the Greek Government regarding this matter. He also supported the Hellenic Football Federation’s warning to Greece that it faced suspension from international football for government interference.
Gianni Infantino FIFA
On 26th October 2015, he received backing from the UEFA Executive Committee to stand for the position of president in the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress. At that time he was a member of FIFA’s reform committee. He confirmed his candidacy and submitted the required declarations of support on the same day promising to expand the FIFA World Cup to 4o teams. Soon after, in 2016 he was elected FIFA President for a period of three years.
As the President of FIFA, criticized the United States’ decision to impose a travel ban on several Muslim-majority nations. He said “When it comes to FIFA competitions, any team, including the supporters and officials of that team, who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup. That is obvious.” Following the 2018 World Cup, he was awarded the “Order of Friendship” by Russian President, Vladimir Putin in 2019.
Gianni Infantino on Iranian Women Rights
In Iran, after the 1979 Islamic revolution, Women were banned from coming to stadiums to watch games played by Men. As such, the Iranian Women could not watch their favorite Iranian team play. Sahar Khodayari was an Iranian girl who was a big fan of the Iranian team, Esteghlal F.C. On, 8th September 2019 she disguised herself as a Man to enter the stadium and watch the game. However, she was arrested, and eventually as a protest she self-immolated.
Gianni has previously warned the Iranian Government from time to time, about Iranian Women’s rights. However, following this incident he clearly stated that Iranian Women must be allowed to enter the Stadium and FIFA declared that Iranian women will be allowed to enter the Stadium from October 2019. On 10 October 2019, more than 3,500 women attended the Azadi Stadium for a World Cup qualifier against Cambodia and it was a huge step on Gianni’s part.
Gianni Infantino Controversies
Gianni Infantino Immigrant Workers’ Right Scandal
Infantino faced controversy when several issues arose regarding the immigrant workers’ rights who worked in preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He confirmed that migrant workers were given work and paid rather than charity. The tournament was condemned by the human rights group Amnesty International which said that the workers were subjected to forced labor. However, he did not pay heed to this and lashed the western countries saying that they are in no place to give “moral lessons” to other nations.
Infantino on Panama papers
In the 2016 Panama Papers, Infantino was implicated in the FIFA corruption scandal which also showed that UEFA undertook deals with certain figures with whom they have denied any relationship earlier. Infantino however claimed that he has never dealt with these figures personally and is dismayed with the reports.
Gianni Infantino in FIFA Ethics Investigation
In 2016, Infantino was suspected to have broken the FIFA code of ethics and was interviewed by the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee. Some documents appeared which showed Gianni’s illegal personal expenses billed to FIFA, but this was not investigated. Later on, concluded that his conduct with regard to the FIFA contract constituted internal compliance issues rather than an ethical issue. Though he was freed of the charges, he kept facing criticism from several ends. He was criticized for not fulfilling his promises regarding transparency, democracy, and governance by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of FC Bayern München.
His meeting with the Attorney General of Switzerland, Michael Lauber also raised complications, however, he justified himself by saying that meeting the Attorney General of Switzerland was completely legal and does not cause any violations.
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During FIFA Ethics investigation, a document was revealed which showed that he had billed FIFA for personal expenses such as £8,795 for mattresses at his home, £6,829 for a stepper exercise machine, £1,086 for a tuxedo, £677 on flowers, £132 on personal laundry and for an external driver for his family while he was away. However, this matter was not investigated.
He received backing from UEFA’s Executive committee to stand for the position of President of FIFA, after his boss, UEFA President Michel Platini was caught up in a Corruption Scandal with FIFA.
He is Multilingual and can speak a plethora of foreign languages fluently.
FAQs on the FIFA President
1)What did he say regarding the ban on Alcohol in FIFA 2022?
He banned Alcohol drinking inside the stadium in FIFA 2022 which outraged all the viewers. However, he asks them to respect the religion of Qatar.
2)How old is he?
Infantino is currently 52 years old.
3)Which country is he from?
He is from Switzerland.
4)Does the FIFA president live in Qatar?
Yes, he lives with his family in his own home in Doha, Qatar.