Fifa admits defeat over plans for Saudi sponsorship of Women’s World Cup | Fifa

Fifa has admitted defeat over plans to make Visit Saudi a key sponsor of this year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after a huge backlash from organisers and players.

Speaking at the Fifa congress in Kigali, Rwanda, Gianni Infantino confirmed for the first time that talks had taken place with Saudi Arabia’s tourism arm but said no contract had been signed.

“I can clarify that there were discussions with Visit Saudi,” the Fifa president told reporters. “At the end this discussion didn’t lead into a contract. How do you say it? It was a storm in a water glass. A…


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