Fifa president calls on Dr Mahathir

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad greets Fifa president Gianni Infantino (third from right) at Perdana Putra. Next to Infantino is Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today received a courtesy call from a delegation of football association leaders headed by International Football Federation (Fifa) President, Gianni Infantino at Perdana Putra, here.

Accompanied by the Japan Football Association (JFA) President, Kohzo Tashima and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) secretary-general Windsor John, Infantino was greeted by Mahathir at his office at 4pm.

The meeting lasted for almost half-an-hour.

Also present were Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) President Hamidin Mohd Amin.

It was the first formal meeting between the Malaysian prime minister and a FIFA president since the 1960s, when Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj received Stanley Rous on many occasions.