IT HAS been a long time coming but following many scandals, the election of UEFA secretary general, the Swiss Gianni Infantino as successor to disgraced fellow Swiss, Sepp Blatter will mean that FIFA can return to governing the world of football rather than the world of banking.
He was a relatively late entrant to the race once it became clear that former heir to the throne Michel Platini was going to have to withdraw his candidacy following his ban from office alongside Blatter but he was by no means the favourite for the post.
In the end, there was no outright winner following a first vote, but after a second round, he gained 115 votes, 27 more than original favourite, the President of the Asian Football Confederation and member of the Bahrain royal family Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.
Prior to the election, the former president who lives less than 10 miles away from Mr Infantino said that he had been approached for advice on who to vote for by many delegates and let drop the fact that he had recently shared a drink with one of the candidates in his home town.
In accepting his new position, the 45-year-old former lawyer said “I will work tirelessly to bring football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football.”