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Infantino plays down violence fears at 2018 World Cup in Russia

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 00:53

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not worried about trouble and violence at Russia world cup and encourages co-hosting in 2026

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SENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT SHOWS: QATAR (FEBRUARY 16, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO ENTERING THE ROOM. 2. VARIOUS OF INFANTINO TALKING TO REPORTERS 3. SOUNDBITE (English) FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "I am not concerned about trouble and violence in 2018. I have full confidence of the Russian authorities. They are taking this matter very, very seriously. They have been in contact together with FIFA and with UEFA. Also, with the French organisers to learn the lessons from what happened in France and this matter is taken with utmost seriousness by all parties involved". STORY: FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday (February 16) played down concerns about possible violence at the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite several flashpoints involving their supporters at the 2016 European Championship in France. "I am not concerned about trouble and violence in 2018. I have full confidence of the Russian authorities. They are taking this matter very, very seriously. They have been in contact together with FIFA and with UEFA. Also, with the French organisers to learn the lessons from what happened in France and this matter is taken with utmost seriousness by all parties involved," he said in Doha. More than 100 England fans were injured following clashes with Russian supporters in Marseille before their group game at Euro 2016, causing UEFA to threaten the team with expulsion from the tournament. There have been fears of more trouble at next year's tournament. But Infantino said the organizers were already putting plans in place to curb any hooliganism.

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Infantino plays down violence fears at 2018 World Cup in Russia

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 00:53