Trump gives FIFA chief press red card

Agence France-Presse . Washington | Published: 00:05, Aug 30,2018 | Updated: 00:33, Aug 30,2018

 
 

US president Donald Trump and FIFA president Gianni Infantino pose with a jersey presented to Trump by Infantino during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday. — AFP photo

President Donald Trump welcomed FIFA boss Gianni Infantino to the White House on Tuesday, congratulating football’s governing body for awarding the 2026 World Cup to North America before jokingly waving a red card at journalists.
‘I very much appreciate the fact that we have won a very important event, the World Cup in 2026,’ said Trump, who had backed the joint USA-Mexico-Canada bid which triumphed over Morocco at a vote in Moscow on June.
Trump meanwhile revealed that his 12-year-old son Barron was a keen football fan while describing the World Cup as ‘maybe the biggest sporting event in the world.’
‘Soccer is a game, I guess you call it football,’ Trump added.
‘But over here, maybe at some point they’ll change the name, I’m not sure. But we’ll see. It’s working very well either way.’
Trump meanwhile noted that he would be out of office by the time the 48-team tournament arrived in North America.
‘I won’t be here. Maybe they’ll extend the term,’ he said to laughter, as he gestured towards media. ‘Because I know they’d love to see that.

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