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FIFA cancels ruling council's 2-day meeting in Paraguay

FIFA has cancelled plans for its ruling council to travel to South America next month for a two-day meeting.

Informing the 37-member panel of a replacement video conference call hosted at its Zurich headquarters on March 20, FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura cited concerns on Tuesday expressed by some members of their long travel times to Paraguay’s capital, Asunción.

Samoura noted “widespread concerns” about international travel during a viral outbreak in China, plus cost and environmental efficiencies as worthy reasons for changing plans.

The FIFA Council meets three times each year, and the March meeting details the world soccer body’s annual financial report and future budget plans.

Since Gianni Infantino was elected FIFA president in 2016, the council he chairs has stopped meeting in Zurich in favor of holding sessions around the world.

Previous meetings were in Kigali, Rwanda; Kolkata, India; and Bogota, Colombia. The next scheduled meeting after Asunción is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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