Infantino to make first visit as Fifa president

Fifa president Gianni Infantino will be in Singapore for the Fifa Executive Football Summit from Dec 6-8.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino will be in Singapore for the Fifa Executive Football Summit from Dec 6-8.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Gianni Infantino, president of world football governing body Fifa, will be in Singapore next month to attend a football summit.

It will be his first official visit here since being elected in February. The 46-year-old Swiss replaced long-time former president Sepp Blatter.

Yesterday, a Football Association of Singapore (FAS) spokesman said: "Mr Gianni Infantino will be in Singapore for the Fifa Executive Football Summit from Dec 6-8.

"We are working with Fifa to provide organisational support for the summit."

According to a post on the Football Federation Australia (FFA) website, Infantino will come to Singapore after a spell in Sydney, after receiving a personal invitation from FFA chief Steve Lowy.

He will be meeting senior Australian government representatives and attend round-table discussions during his Sydney stay.

Infantino will also squeeze in a visit to Papua New Guinea for the Fifa Under-20 Women's World Cup final on Dec 3.

His visit to the Republic comes amid an important period for the FAS, which has to hold its first-ever election of office bearers by May next year.

This, after Fifa said an article in the previous FAS constitution went against its directive which forbids third-party influence in a country's football association.

The constitution has since been amended. Last week, it was approved by FAS members at an extraordinary general meeting.

The FAS is now governed by an provisional seven-member council, led by former vice-president Lim Kia Tong, who was appointed as interim president.

Lim has strong ties with Fifa, and has been the deputy chairman of its disciplinary committee since May 2013.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 18, 2016, with the headline 'Infantino to make first visit as Fifa president'. Print Edition | Subscribe