FIFA parts with CEO of its $140M soc­cer mu­seum

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

FIFA says the CEO of its $140 mil­lion soc­cer mu­seum in Zurich is leav­ing amid re­ports of poor visi­tor num­bers since open­ing in Fe­bru­ary. FIFA agreed with Ste­fan Jost “to part com­pany by the end of Oc­to­ber 2016 due to con­trast­ing views on fu­ture plans for the FIFA World Foot­ball Mu­seum.” Jost leaves as FIFA lead­ers reeval­u­ate how they spend more than $5 bil­lion in­come from each World Cup. The mu­seum open­ing was the first of­fi­cial duty of FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino two days after his elec­tion. The project — a mu­seum on three floors, sports bar and apart­ments for rent — was a fa­vorite of for­mer FIFA Pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter. It was pro­jected to at­tract 250,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally. FIFA also spent $27 mil­lion buy­ing a neigh­bor­ing ho­tel.

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