FIFA President Infantino to visit World Cup host Russia, Qatar

FIFA President Infantino to visit World Cup host Russia, Qatar

ZURICH (Reuters) – Newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit the next two hosts of the World Cup, Russia & Qatar, next week, the global soccer body said on Friday.

"The FIFA President will commence his two-day stay in Russia on 19 April with a visit to Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, venue of the opening match & 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 & Legacy & officials of the Qatari government, it added.

p> Swiss authorities are probing whether bribery played a role in awarding the hosting rights for the World Cup to Russia & Qatar. Both have denied wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Joshua Franklin; Editing by Michael Shields)

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Source: “Reuters”

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