IT only took FIFA President Gianni Infantino 10 seconds of his first speech at yesterday’s Congress to mention his football ‘legends’ — those who play in his PR fest Pre-Congress football match, whom he subsequently name-checked on another six occasions.
Infantino isn’t shy of praising himself either, saying that ‘FIFA was clinically dead’ when he took charge two years ago but is now ‘alive and well, full of joy and passion with a vision for its future’. That came before he closed Congress by saying he would stand for re-election in Paris next year.
RFU councillor Rob Udwin, a former board member, has countered Sports Agenda claims that he epitomises the freeloading rugby blazer. Udwin insists he no longer stays at Twickenham’s Marriott Hotel for England internationals when he lives in nearby Chiswick. And he adds he was one of the few councillors to vote for the rejected motion that their partners should pay for tickets and meals for autumn internationals.