The World football governing body FIFA has confirmed that it’s president Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19. This was shared to the World through a statement on Tuesday 27th October 2020.
Infantino, who is 50 years old, has reported mild symptoms and will quarantine for at least 10 days.
All those who have come into close contact with Infantino have also been requested to self-isolate.
A statement read: “FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The FIFA President, who has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.
“All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps. “FIFA sincerely wishes President Infantino a speedy recovery.”
Infantino who came to the FIFA seat in February 2016, has been furiously traveling around the world, campaigning on good governance while also pledging to help continue the growth of small soccer nations. He also has said he wants to expand the field of the World Cup to 40 nations
50-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer, Infantino had previously served as UEFA’s General Secretary and almost did not enter the special presidential race to replace Sepp Blatter. It was only after UEFA President Michel Platini was suspended from FIFA for eight years as a result of corruption that Infantino decided to throw his hat into the ring, and now he will serve as president until 2023, after his reelection in 2019 by the FIFA Congress Members.