Putin Meets Infantino as Confederations Cup Kickoff Looms

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(WFI) Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with FIFA president Gianni Infantino ahead of next month’s FIFA Confederations Cup.
Infantino and Putin with volunteers in Krasnodar (FIFA)

Putin, according to TASS, assured Infantino that Russia will do its best in hosting both the Confederations Cup and next year’s FIFA World Cup.

"We will do everything to bring facilities and terms of stay in Russia as well as everything regarding the service provision to numerous fans, spectators and athletes to the highest possible level,” Putin said to Infantino during their meeting in the southern city of Krasnodar on Tuesday.

One major issue that Russian organizers are dealing with is the poor state of the pitch at the St. Petersburg stadium, site of the Confederations Cup opener and final.

Deputy Prime Minister and Russia 2018 chief Vitaly Mutko tells Russian agency R-Sport that new sod is currently being installed in the 68,000-seat stadium and should be completed by June 2. That’s just 15 days before the opening game between Russia and New Zealand.

Putin and Infantino also met with a group of volunteers and visited the football academy and stadium of Russian Premier League club FC Krasnodar during their visit.

By INSIDER Gerard Farek

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