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Summary

  1. Infantino voted in as Fifa president
  2. Wales v France: Technical issues keep roof open
  3. Europa League last 16 draw
  4. Liverpool to face Man Utd; Spurs play Borussia Dortmund
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By Richard Winton and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

A Fifa president that isn't Sepp Blatter. A fair few intriguing last 16 ties in the Europa League. And a belting game in the Six Nations still to come.

It's been another busy day of sport. Well done to all those colleagues in Zurich for their stamina and thanks to those of you who checked in with us today.

We're off for now, catch you again soon.

Wales v France (KO 20:05 GMT)

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As Chappers says we've got live coverage of Wales against France in the Six Nations on BBC One and you can also listen in on BBC Radio 5 live.

It's sure to be a cracker, not least with the roof problems at the Principality Stadium.

Wales v France (KO 20:05 GMT)

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A huge weekend of sport, actual sport not dull governing body elections, starts at 7 on @5liveSport from here.

A huge weekend of sport, actual sport not dull governing body elections, starts at 7 on @5liveSport from here.

From ball boy to top table

Infantino elected Fifa president

Gianni Infantino
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Not long ago Gianni Infantino was the bald bloke you knew from Champions League draws... now he's president of Fifa.

The Swiss was the last to enter the presidential race and seemingly played a will he, won't he game over whether he would stand depending on the eligibility of now banned Uefa boss Michel Platini.

The beleaguered organisation has voted in favour of reforms and now has a new president for the first time since Sepp Blatter's election in 1998.

Will this represent real change? Only time will tell. For now we're about to call it a day on Sportsday but you can keep across all the Fifa reaction on the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live...

The moment Gianni Infantino was named as the new president of Fifa
Switzerland's Gianni Infantino is elected as the new president of Fifa and promises to restore the reputation of the organisation.

A 'chance' to change

Infantino elected Fifa president

Dyke
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FA chairman GregDyke has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Gianni Infantino's appointment as Fifa president.

"It is a good reform package.There are criminally investigations still going on but you could draw a line today," he said.

"What was worrying was you could not see the culture of this organisation changing. Now, after today, there is a chance."

'Infantino is a football insider'

Infantino elected Fifa president

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

Certainly Fifa would have us believe that the vote in favour of the reforms and the election of Gianni Infantino proves that the SeppBlatter era of scandal has been consigned to the past.

It's true that the crises surrounding Fifa have abated somewhat and are not as serious as they would've been had Sheikh Salman got the vote, some would argue.

But it's important to remember Gianni Infantino is a football insider himself - he has close links with a disgraced power-broker in Michel Platini.

That makes it harder for him to really represent a new era but the proof is in the pudding - the reforms have to be passed for Infantino to restore faith in Fifa.

'A sigh of relief'

Infantino elected Fifa president

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

The big question is whether this is a new era or more of the same.

Fifa came into today very much on the brink, its future on the line.

If it failed to elect the 'right man' and failed to pass the reforms needed then the calls for it to be wound up would have become impossible to ignore.

Many of those in the game will be breathing a sigh of relief.

Hacker's behind you

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CBBC's Hacker the Dog is getting behind Wales....

Good luck to the mighty @WelshRugbyUnion! TRY hard cockers! #iamwales #WALvFRA

Good luck to the mighty @WelshRugbyUnion! TRY hard cockers! #iamwales #WALvFRA

Oops...

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BREAKING: Due to technical issues, the roof will remain OPEN for tonight's #WALvFRA clash at @principalitysta - so wrap up warm folks!

So, the Principality Stadium roof will be open for tonight's Six Nations game between Wales and France because of a technical fault.  

Better sing up Wales fans...

Don't forget you can watch live on BBC One and listen on Radio 5 live and Radio Wales from 19:30 GMT.

The turning point?

Infantino elected Fifa president

Was @Gianni_2016's pre-election speech a pivotal moment? "The money of Fifa is your money - its not the money of the Fifa president."

'Fifa needs to stop feeding off football'

Infantino elected Fifa president

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Former English FA chief exec Mark Palios has been giving his reaction to Gianni Infantino's election as Fifa president to BBC News.

"Some nations chose not to vote with their confederations, which may be a sign of change in the bowels of the organisation," said Palios.

"But the most important vote from today is the reforms - Infantino will be judged on the extent he can impose those reforms.

"Hopefully we'll start seeing Fifa have a positive effect on the game rather than just feeding off it."

Figo on Infantino

Infantino elected Fifa president

Congratulations @Gianni_2016 finally the change arrived 👏👏 it's time for a new era in FIFA

Congratulations @Gianni_2016 finally the change arrived 👏👏 it's time for a new era in FIFA

Who is Infantino?

Infantino elected Fifa president

Infantino
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So what we do know about the new Fifa president?

Age: 45

Years in game: 15

Previous positions: Joined Uefa in 2000 as a lawyer and secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchatel. He was latterly Uefa general secretary.

What he stands for? Infantino wants to expand the World Cup to 40 teams to ensure more smaller nations can participate. He also wants to hugely expand Fifa's development plan by investing £860m of its revenues and giving £3.6m to each member association.

What does the president actually do?

Infantino elected Fifa president

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Remember him?

Fifa's leader is the figurehead for world football, often seen in public alongside presidents, prime ministers and royalty.

There have been eight of them so far, presiding over the organisation's executive committee, which is where the real decision-making power lies.

The president also "legally represents" the organisation, "maintains relations between Fifa and the confederations, members, political bodies and international organisations", and "implements the decisions passed by the congress and the executive committee".

They also lunch splendidly...

No easy ride Gianni

Infantino elected Fifa president

Gianni Infantino
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The European Club Association - who knew that was a thing? -  has congratulated Gianni Infantino on his election as Fifa President. 

But it has quickly reiterated its opposition to an expansion of the Fifa World Cup from 32 to 40 teams - which Infantino is very much for.

"Everyone, the clubs, as well as the national and international associations, bears responsibility for the players," explains Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, ECA Chairman. 

"We have reached a point where we cannot further burden the players, but need to relieve them. FIFA must fulfil this responsibility for the health of the players."

Swiss switch

Infantino elected Fifa president

Have this weird feeling that Gianni Infantino will pull off his mask to reveal Sepp Blatter.

Swiss bliss

Infantino elected Fifa president

Infantino comes from a Swiss village called Brig. The next village along, Visp, is home to ... Sepp Blatter.

Get a broom

Infantino elected Fifa president

Wish @Gianni_2016 all the best. He's got one hell of a job on his hands but seems a decent chap. Needs a sizeable new broom.

'Put football centre stage'

Infantino elected Fifa president

Infantino
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"I accept the result of this election, thank you," says Gianni Infantino.

"I went through an exceptional journey, met many fantastic people who love football, who breathe football.

"I want to be the president of all of you, of all 209 nations

"I want to work with all of you to work together and build a new era where we can put football at the centre of the stage."

Heeeeere's Gianni

Fifa presidential election

You can watch Gianni Infantino's acceptance speech by clicking the live coverage tab at the top of the page now.

Infantino elected Fifa president

Fifa presidential election

Gianni Infantino
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So after the second round of voting, Gianni Infantino surpassed the magical mark of 104 to be elected Fifa president. Here are the full results from the second round

  • Gianni Infantino - 115 votes
  • Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa - 88 votes
  • Prince Ali bin al-Hussein - 4 votes
  • Jerome Champagne - 0 votes

BreakingInfantino wins

Fifa presidential election

Gianni Infantino is elected new president of Fifa.

Muzak attack

Fifa presidential election

The live feed of the Fifa presidential election has been playing an assortment of smooth jazz and lounge muzak in between announcements all afternoon.

It's not quite in keeping with the turmoil that has shrouded the organisation for so long.

Anyway, the count is progressing... stay tuned for the results shortly.

And you'll also be able to watch live coverage at the top of the page too once we have an update...

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Dave James King: Ian Holloway for Fifa, he would be as chuffed as a badger.

Charles Moore: Fifa president? Arsene Wenger supported by Pierluigi Collina. Financial intelligence and the best arbiter!

Ged Lynam: Father Ted Crilly for Fifa. "I've been through this with the Bishop, that money was only resting in my account..."

On thin ice?

Fifa presidential election

Alex Capstick

BBC Sport

Just to remind you...

Fifa need to finish the election tonight as the venue is staging an ice hockey match tomorrow and the rink is being laid at midnight.

Just the beginning?

Fifa presidential election

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Fifa election
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Gianni Infantino’s camp has consistently maintained an air of optimism throughout the final days of this election campaign.

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.

The magic figure to win in round two is 104 votes. If no one achieves that then another round of voting will be needed.

We could be in for a long night...

BreakingSecond round voting ends

Fifa presidential election

Greg Dyke
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Round two of the Fifa presidential election draws to a close as Zimbabwe submit their vote.

We expect it to take about half an hour for them to count up all the ballots.

After that one of the candidates could have secured the 104 votes needed to secure the presidency...

...or if not then we're on to round three...

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Reading the runes

Fifa presidential election

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Gianni Infantino
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Are Prince Ali's 27 votes likely to be made up of anti-Salman, anti-Blatter voters? Does that put Gianni Infantino in box seat?

Let us not forget that many Fifa voters will want to back the eventual winner. Approaching the end of round two does Infantino now look like the man?

Ali 'in it to win it'

Fifa presidential election

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Prince Ali
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Source close to Prince Ali insists he is "in it to win". Multiple scenarios possible now in Fifa election. Still all to play for it seems.  

The Prince attracted just 27 of 207 votes in the first round. Very much a glass-half-full sort of chap...

Out of Africa?

Fifa presidential election

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

Sheikh Salman.
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Doesn't look great for Sheikh Salman. Some of the African votes he was counting on didn't materialise...

Northampton sign Fiji prop Ma’afu

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Campese Ma'afu
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Fiji prop Campese Ma'afu has joined Premiership side Northampton Saints with immediate effect.

The 31-year-old has made 39 Test appearances for Fiji and played in all four of his country's games at the 2015 World Cup.

His brother Salesi is an ex-Saints player, and saw red in the 2014 Premiership semi-final against Leicester for punching Tom Youngs.

P is for patience...

Fifa presidential election

Quick update on the progress of round two in the Fifa presidential election.

Peru, Papua New Guinea and Poland are being told to prepare.

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Nigel Pearson
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King Zorba: Nigel Pearson to run Fifa, press conferences would be great. And he's fluent in one language.

Chris Earl: Bill Gates for Fifa president - no link to the old Fifa sickness, so rich he's incorruptible, experience of running big organisations.

Alerick: I would put down Pierluigi Collina for Fifa president.

David v Goliath?

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Henshaw and Ford
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Eddie Jones is never one to duck a good headline but his comments about targeting Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton have created even more of a stir than usual.

So unsurprisingly England defence coach Paul Gustard has been asked whether his side's fly-half George Ford is up to tackling some of Ireland's powerful runners.

On Forcing two big centres in Stuart McCloskey and Robbie Henshaw, Gustard said: "The analogy of David and Goliath is perfect really. David didn't fare too bad. We've got some little tricks of our own."

England host Ireland at Twickenham in the Six Nations on Saturday at 16:50 GMT.

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Get Involved - alternative Fifa president

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Simon Reeves: Sepp Blatter makes huge WWE-style entrance to voting area and challenges delegates to Hell in a Cell match for presidency.

Rory William Forrest: I can end this here and now. Sir Alex Ferguson for Fifa president.

Stuart O'Hara: Ronaldinho. His background, his true love for the game and that smile would get my vote all day.