The 50-year-old football administrator is said to have been displaying mild symptoms and will self-isolate for 10 days during which he will undergo further tests until the tests return a negative result twice.
In a statement issued via FIFA official website on Tuesday to confirm that Gianni Infantino is a carrier of COVID-19, FIFA announced that those who have been in contact with the football administrator have been informed and advised to take the necessary measures.
The statement read: “FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The FIFA President, who has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for ten days.
“All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps.
“FIFA sincerely wishes President Infantino a speedy recovery.”
Before now, many football players (both past and present), and football administrators across the world have tested positive for COVID-19 but Gianni Infantino is the biggest name in the game who has become a victim of the dreaded virus.
Infantino test result came about 12 days after 5 times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo contracted COVID-19. The 35-year-old Portugal international tested positive two days after Portugal played against France in the UEFA Nations League.
The fact that a player like Ronaldo and a couple of other football stars tested positive for the virus during FIFA international break and the UEFA Nations League campaign, has increased the call for international football to be put on hold.
Now that Gianni Infantino has joined the list of prominent people in the world of football to contract the dreaded virus, the call to pause international football might become louder and might gain more acceptance across the world in the coming days.
Quick Recovery— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) October 27, 2020
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The @FIFAcom President, who has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days pic.twitter.com/eJyVAa81Mb