FIFA leader Infantino wins SE Asia support for re-election

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, gestures before the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup final soccer match between Mexico and Spain in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference at the G20 Leader's Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

HANOI, Vietnam — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received another pledge of support in his campaign for re-election next year.

The ASEAN group of national soccer federations in southeast Asia says its members "unanimously declared their support for Mr. Infantino."

The regional group has 12 voters — including Australia, Indonesia and Thailand — among the 211 FIFA member federations which can take part in the June 5 ballot in Paris.

Infantino has public promises of support in each continental governing body outside Europe. He currently seems unlikely to face a challenger ahead of the Feb. 5 deadline for opponents to enter.

Infantino is seeking a first full term after his February 2016 election to replace Sepp Blatter, who resigned in fallout from corruption investigations in the United States.

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