Russia says FIFA can overcome difficulties with Infantino as head

Reuters , Friday 26 Feb 2016

Gianni Infantino
Newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino of Switzerland thanks the delegates after the second election round during the extraordinary FIFA congress in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 (Photo: AP)

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday Gianni Infantino's election as FIFA president would help soccer's world governing body overcome its problems, Russian news agencies reported.

"I am happy. We supported him from the start. I hope that everything that has been planned will be realised. World football needs such a pragmatist," Mutko was quoted as saying after Swiss Infantino won Friday's vote in Zurich.

Russia has been chosen to stage the 2018 World Cup, although Swiss authorities are probing whether corruption played a role in the awarding of the hosting rights to the Russians and also to Qatar who are due to hold the 2022 tournament.

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