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'No hooliganism': Qatar 2022 best-ever World Cup, says FIFA chief

NNA - FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was the best World Cup edition ever and it succeeded in uniting the world.

In a press conference on Friday, Infantino said that the World Cup was successful on all fronts, with no hooliganism.

previous edition to a total of $7 billion,” Infantino said.

The World Cup provided many fans with the opportunity to find out more about Qatar and the Arab culture, he added.

The FIFA chief said the success of the competition was evident by the more than 3.27 million who attended matches in the stadium.

He also said that the match between Argentina and Mexico had the highest attendance, with 88,966 people in the stands.

Infantino noted that five billion people around the world watch the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. He expressed his delight with the milestone reached by the African content this year after Morocco became the first African team to reach the semi-finals.

Infantino indicated that nearly 1.7 million fans attended the FIFA Fan Festival (FFF).

He added that 62 matches were played so far without incidents in a very joyful atmosphere and that's what should be bare in mind. A total of 163 goals were scored so far, which is similar to the number of goals scored in Russia World Cup 2018.

On the other hand, Infantino added that 2.3 million Hayya Cards were issued, where the top five visiting countries were Saudi Arabia, India, the USA, the UK, and Mexico, indicating that the FIFA will issue the tournament's final viewing and audience figures after the final match.

The FIFA president also expressed his content in the role played by the volunteers during the tournament saying that the FIFA received 400,000 World Cup volunteering applications, where 20,000 were selected from various countries, adding that two matches are still to go and everyone should remain focused till the end.

Infantino stressed that FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 would leave a significant legacy represented in the fans' and visitors' exploration of the Arab world which they have not seen before and discovering the Qatari people who welcomed so many fans from all over the globe with open doors.

He said that the legacy that matters the most is welcoming people and that we all discovered that what had been said and perceived earlier was not true and that you could enjoy your stay in Qatar and get to meet different people and know them better is really important.

He said that the biggest fears were the issues of safety and security during the tournament and that FIFA did not know the fans' reaction before the tournament, but they saw that the people had positive reactions to the tournament and no incident was encountered which is something unique.

He added that FIFA is looking ahead to the final match and asking everyone to stay focused, praising the exception and beauty of this World Cup edition and the legacy it will leave behind.

Infantino stressed that the impressive success of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group stage - when everyone held their breath till the last second to know who would qualify from the third round made FIFA reconsider the Group stage division during the World Cup 2026, which will include 48 national teams for the first time. --- QATAR TRIBUNE





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