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FIFA president Infantino tests positive for COVID-19

Infantino's infection comes as Switzerland reports a spike in COVID-19 cases.

By: AP |
October 27, 2020 9:51:37 pm
Gianni InfantinoFIFA has declined for more than three months to respond to specific questions from The Associated Press about its president’s involvement in talks with Super League clubs, led by Real Madrid. (Gianni Infantino in photo/File)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19.

The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that Infantino has mild symptoms and “has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.”

People who have come into contact with the 50-year-old Swiss lawyer in recent days have been informed “to take the necessary steps,” FIFA said.

Infantino has traveled little during the coronavirus pandemic, but he attended a signing ceremony at the White House last month to mark normalised relations for Israel with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Infantino’s infection comes as Switzerland reports a spike in COVID-19 cases. Switzerland has reported 127,000 cases this year, with more than 23,000 since last Friday.

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