FIFA President Infantino to visit 2022 hosts Qatar
16 Apr 2016 - 0:25
DOHA: FIFA President Gianni Infantino (pictured) will visit the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar on April 20.
The newly elected chief of world football, Infantino will visit both Russia and Qatar next week, the hosts for the next two World Cups, football’s world governing body announced yesterday.
“The Fifa President will begin his two-day stay in Russia on April 19 with a visit to Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, venue of the opening match and final of the 2018 Fifa World Cup,” Zurich-based Fifa said in a statement.
He leaves on April 20 for Doha, where he will meet senior board members of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and officials of the Qatari government, it added.
Earlier in February, Infantino had backed the 2022 World Cup after being elected President of FIFA, saying they the 2018 and 2022 tournaments has to be the ‘best in history’.
Speaking after an informal match with FIFA employees and guests, Infantino said: “It’s now necessary to organise the best World Cup in history in Russia in 2018 and in 2022 in Qatar.”
Russia and Qatar won the right to host the tournaments in a vote in Zurich in December 2010.The Peninsula