Vastavam web: “India is a football country now,” FIFA president Giani Infantino declared after arriving here to chair the FIFA Council meeting on Friday and attend the U-17 World Cup final.Asked about the successful organistion of the FIFA 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.” According to sources, there could be discussions on India’s bid for the U-20 World Cup in 2019, chances of which have brightened after the overwhelming success of U-17 World Cup which is all set to topple China-1985 as the best attended event in the tournament’s history.
“While that appears to be the advantage the only drawback is that the FIFA has never allowed back to back World Cup events to one country. But with FIFA Council meeting here, it can be ratified,” an official with the local organising committee said.Last December’s Club World Cup in Japan for the first time saw the VARs in a FIFA competition but it only drew flak for causing confusion.
The system can only be used for goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity.Infantino is also the state guest of the West Bengal government and chief minister Mamata Banerjee will host a dinner for the FIFA chief.The FIFA chief, who was accompanied by a 35-member delegation, will also attend a programme attended by a host of former footballers at Eco Park.