Infantino backing for Russia, Qatar WCs


Both the 2018 and 2022 events are still under investigation by the FBI, with rumours rising that a new bidding proves could be launched to replace the current host nations.

Yet in his first day of office since being announced as the new FIFA president, Infantino has dismissed such claims, and backs Russia and Qatar to both put on a world-class spectacle.

"Concerning Qatar and Russia, the decisions were taken in 2010 by the executive committee, but since 2010 there has been speculation and allegations and noise,” he told reporters.

"It's now necessary to organise the best World Cup in history in Russia in 2018 and in 2022 in Qatar."

Prior to Infantino’s election, a series of reforms were taken, one of them being the provision to reveal the salaries paid to senior officials, including Infantino himself.

Yet the Swiss said the issue of his salary had not yet been discussed, insisting he did not take the job for the money.

"I have no idea yet,” he said when asked how much he’d be paid. “I know you can't believe it but it's not (for the) money that I was candidate to become FIFA president.

"I have not discussed with anyone about my pay or what my pay will be. We will see."