Football: Fifa chief hails Leicester City's 'fairy tale'

Fifa President Gianni Infantino hailed Leicester City's "fairytale" rise to the top of the Premier League as an example of football's ability to delight with "beautiful stories".
Fifa President Gianni Infantino hailed Leicester City's "fairytale" rise to the top of the Premier League as an example of football's ability to delight with "beautiful stories". PHOTO: EPA

BANGKOK (AFP) - Fifa President Gianni Infantino on Thursday hailed Leicester City's "fairytale" rise to the top of the Premier League as an example of football's ability to delight with "beautiful stories".

Visiting Thailand, where he met with the kingdom's new Football Association chief, he said the Foxes' improbable table-topping feat proves cash is not always king.

"That's why we all love football, it's the magic of football. And fairytales like the fairytale of Leicester are exactly showing us that football is unpredictable," he told reporters.

"Football brings us every year, everywhere in the world, these kind of beautiful stories."

He was speaking in the King Power Pullman hotel, part of a downtown complex including a mall owned by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai duty-free billionaire backing the once unfashionable midlands' outfit.

Leicester are one win away from securing the league title, defying 5000-1 odds.