FILE PHOTO: The brand of FIFA is seen in entrance of its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Picture
ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA is contemplating Oman and Kuwait as hosts of some matches on the 2022 World Cup if the match, to be staged in Qatar, is expanded from 32 to 48 groups, the New York Instances reported on Wednesday.
The World Cup can be expanded from 32 to 48 groups in 2026 however FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed bringing ahead the enlarged format to 2022.
World soccer’s ruling physique didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
A call is predicted in June, though FIFA has already warned it could be tough for Qatar to stage an expanded match alone.
Qatar has stated it won’t take a call on increasing the match till it sees the small print of a feasibility research from FIFA whereas a deep political rift within the Gulf complicates the prospects of sharing the competitors.
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt reduce political, commerce, and transport ties with Qatar in June, 2017. The international locations accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.
The UAE’s sports activities chief, Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi, stated final month that his nation, Kuwait and Oman may all stage matches in an enlarged match.
Nonetheless, he stated it could solely be doable for the UAE to host video games if the dispute with Qatar was settled.
“I do know that if the disaster stays we can’t,” he stated.
Reporting by Brian Homewood, enhancing by Ed Osmond