FIFA leader Infantino wins SE Asia support for re-election

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — 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.

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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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