The Latest: Blatter pays tribute to 1st FIFA election rival

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Published 4:43 a.m. ET June 5, 2019 | Updated 5:29 a.m. ET June 5, 2019

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the FIFA meetings ahead of the Women’s World Cup (all times local):

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11:25 a.m.

Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as FIFA president through 2023.

FIFA’s 211 member federation acclaimed him without a vote because he was the only candidate.

Infantino, a 49-year-old Swiss lawyer, was first elected in February 2016 to complete the term of Sepp Blatter.

Blatter was forced out of office in fallout from corruption investigations, and is now serving a six-year ban for financial misconduct.

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11 a.m.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has paid tribute to his first election opponent, the late Lennart Johansson.

Johansson died on Tuesday at 89.

Blatter beat Johansson, then the president of European soccer body UEFA, in a 1998 vote in Paris to begin a 17-year stint leading FIFA.

Blatter says he is “very sad” at the loss of “a great and heavyweight man in football,” adding “we were allies, opponents, and rivals but in all situations there was a lot of respect and fair play.”

Johansson led a failed attempt by FIFA executive committee members to oust Blatter in 2002 before his…

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