Fifa presidential election: No winner after first round of voting

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Gianni Infantino speaks at the Fifa extraordinary congress in Zurich

BBC- Gianni Infantino caused a surprise by polling the most votes in round one of voting in Friday's election to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.

The Uefa secretary general failed to get enough to seal outright victory, claiming 88 of the 207 votes available at an extraordinary congress in Zurich. 

Pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa won 85. 

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein was next with 27, followed by Jerome Champagne on seven. 

Tokyo Sexwale withdrew earlier. It is the first time voting for the presidential election had reached a second round since 1974, when Joao Havelange of Brazil became the first non-European president ahead of England's Sir Stanley Rous. Blatter, who led world football's governing body since 1998, stood down last year and was later banned from football for six years.

Analysis

"Infantino's camp has consistently maintained an air of optimism throughout the final days of this election campaign," said BBC Radio 5 live's sports news correspondent Richard Conway.

"They were not surprised at how well he performed in round one. "What was surprising according to those close to Shaikh Salman is that pledges of support from Asia and Africa failed to materialise for the Bahraini." 

What happens now? 

To become president after the first round of voting, a candidate needed to secure two-thirds of the available votes, which equated to 138. In round two, a simple majority is required, which means Infantino needs another 16 votes to become Fifa's ninth president.

"This election is being fought on the floor of the congress hall right now, with supporters of both Shaikh Salman, Gianni Infantino and Prince Ali talking to voterw," added Conway. "We could be in for a long night."

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