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FIFA President Infantino to visit World Cup host Russia, Qatar

Reuters , Friday 15 Apr 2016
Gianni Infantino
(FILES) This file photo taken on March 18, 2016 shows FIFA President Gianni Infantino arriving for a press conference following an executive meeting of the world football governing body at its headquarters in Zurich. The signature of new FIFA president Gianni Infantino has cropped up in the so-called "Panama Papers" in connection with questionable TV rights sales in South America, the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung behind the mass leaks reported on April 5, 2016 (Photo: AFP)

Newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit the next two hosts of the World Cup, Russia and Qatar, next week, the global soccer body said on Friday.

"The FIFA President will begin his two-day stay in Russia on 19 April 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.

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

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