FIFA president Gianni Infantino congratulated PFF president Mariano Araneta on his re-election to the FIFA Council during the 33rd AFC Congress held Wednesday 01 February 2023 in Manama, Bahrain.
Araneta received 34 votes from the AFC Member Associations during the elections giving him a fresh mandate in the FIFA Council where he has held the position from 2017-2019 and again from 2019-2023.
“This result is the recognition of the work you have done, of your experience, expertise and human qualities, and I wish you every success and satisfaction for this new mandate,” said Infantino. “I am convinced that, as FIFA Council Member, you will continue to make an important contribution to FIFA and, most importantly, to the development of this beautiful sport, which unites us all.“
Araneta’s re-election to the FIFA Council also saw his appointment as Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the AFC Asian Cup during the first AFC Executive Committee meeting.