New FIFA president makes first visit to Russia
19 April 2016, 17:24
Moscow — Gianni Infantino is visiting 2018 World Cup host
Russia for the first time since he was elected FIFA president in February.
Infantino began his tour with a visit to Moscow's Luzhniki
Stadium, which is undergoing a major rebuild to be ready for the World Cup
Infantino looked over the construction site of the
81,000-seat stadium with Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin and gave a double
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In comments reported by Russia's Tass state news agency,
Infantino praised Sobyanin for preserving the historical facade of the stadium,
an icon of Soviet architecture which hosted the 1980 Olympics.
For the new FIFA president, it is the start of a four-day
tour of Russia and Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup.For
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