As the FIFA President, Gianni Infantino thanked Russia’s president, Vladmir Putin and Russians for giving the world the ‘best World Cup ever’ and hoped that the next hosts, Qatar, would emulate the fantastic atmosphere created by the European nation.
Speaking at the Kremlin, where Russia handed over the hosting baton to Qatar and received by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday, Infantino said the hosts had justified FIFA’s insistence that they stage the 2018 edition of the competition despite stiff opposition, adding that the World Cup has changed many peoples’ perception of Russia.
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