FIFA President to visit Uruguay in March

Montevideo, March 1 (IANS) Newly elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino will visit Uruguay in March, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) announced on Monday.

“Today it was confirmed by telephone that on (March) 29 he (Infantino) will be in Uruguay for the match against Peru (for the World Cup qualifiers),” Xinhua quoted Wilmar Valdez, head of the AUF as saying.

The South American soccer leader said that when he (Infantino) was elected as the FIFA president he told me: “In March I will visit Uruguay.”

March 30 will mark the AUF’s 116th anniversary.

The head of the AUF also added that he would surely ask for support from FIFA to finance the Centenario Stadium’s remodeling project. The stadium was used in the first World Cup held in Montevideo.

Swiss-Italian Infantino, 45, was elected on Friday as the new head of FIFA to succeed Joseph Blatter.

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