FIFA President Gianni Infantino says Visit Saudi won’t sponsor the women’s World Cup but has accused Australian opponents of double standards over the Saudis.
FIFA boss: Australian double standards over Saudi deal
Visit Saudi will not be a sponsor at the women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand later this year following the outcry of opposition from the host nations, Australia and New Zealand.
But FIFA president Gianni Infantino has not ruled out future commercial opportunities for gulf nation in women’s football and accused Australia of “double standards” over their attitude towards Saudi involvement.
The Saudi Arabia tourism board had been touted as a potential sponsor of the expanded 32-team tournament, which drew sharp criticism from a number of quarters, though Infantino said it was all a “storm in a tea cup”.
The greatest ire came from Football Australia, who said there was an “overwhelming consensus that this partnership does not align with our collective vision for the tournament and falls short of our expectations”.