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India now a football country, says FIFA chief, ahead of U-17 WC final

Giani Infantino arrived in India to chair the FIFA Council meeting to be held on Friday

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Spain match in Mumbai in the U-17 World Cup. Photo: PTI
Spain match in Mumbai in the U-17 World Cup. Photo: PTI

said on Thursday that "India is a football country now," moments after arriving in the city to chair the to be held on Friday and attend the U-17 World Cup final.

Asked about the successful organisation of the U-17 World Cup, the 47-year-old clad in a dark suit said: "Thank you very much all the Indians. That's most important. It's a great pleasure to here."

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das and senior vice-president Subrata Dutta received Infantino at the airport in the wee hours of Thursday.

According to sources close to the development, an unofficial meeting with AIFF president Praful Patel is scheduled later in the day.

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First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 16:04 IST