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(WFI) FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be visiting the host countries of the next two FIFA World Cups in the coming days.

Infantino will begin his latest official trip as president in Russia, where he will spend two days beginning April 19. FIFA, in a statement, says Infantino will visit Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will play host to both the opening match and the final of the 2018 World Cup.

While in Moscow, Infantino will attend a series of meetings with the leadership of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) as well as with the Russian Football Union (RFU). He will also take part in a special session of the Council of the Federation dedicated to preparations for the 2018 World Cup.

From Moscow President Infantino will embark for Qatar, hosts for the 2022 World Cup. While in Doha, Infantino is to meet with senior board members of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and senior officials of the Qatari government. Infantino will wrap up the tour on April 22.

Infantino’s trip to Qatar comes on the heels of a FIFA-commissioned report by a Harvard professor urging FIFA to consider stripping World Cup hosting rights from countries who fail to respect human rights standards.

The report – part of the development of a “FIFA Human Rights Policy” – ramps up the pressure on the Qatari government, which remains under heavy criticism for its treatment of migrant workers.

Infantino has already made trips to both Africa and South America since winning election to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter.

His first official trip saw him visit South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Gabon last month. The following week, he visited Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia.


By INSIDER Gerard Farek

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