Fifa President Gianni Infantino is set to serve a second term after world football’s governing body said on Wednesday he would be the only candidate for June’s vote.
The 48-year-old has been in charge of Fifa since February 2016.
Concise News learnt that Ramon Vega, a former footballer who intended to challenge Infantino was struggling to win enough support to get on the ballot.
According to Swissinfo, a person close to the organisation’s leadership said Infantino had secured 196 letters of support from national member associations. Vega was struggling to secure the five nominations needed to be included on the presidential ballot, according to that person, suggesting that Infantino could be elected without opposition.
Vega, a Swiss financier and former footballer whose career included stints at England’s Tottenham Hotspur and Scotland’s Celtic, had hoped to harness discontent towards Infantino among some powerful groups in world football to mount a challenge.
The Fifa presidency is one of the highest-profile jobs in global sport and commands a wage of more than $1.5 million (CHF1.5 million). Candidates need support from just five of FIFA’s 211 national member associations and must show they have been involved in the game for five years.