FIFA’s ruling council has not dominated out increasing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 groups however a remaining determination will most likely be pushed again till June, a supply near world soccer’s governing physique informed Reuters on Thursday. FIFA’s feasibility research on the match envisages some further video games in an expanded World Cup presumably being held in different international locations, with Kuwait and Oman talked about as choices.
A deep political and financial rift within the Gulf complicates the prospects of sharing the match. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt lower political, commerce, and transport ties with Qatar in June, 2017. The international locations accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.
Whereas Qatari organisers are working with FIFA on additional research of the choices, they maintain a veto over any change to the match, which is schedule for November 2022. The supply stated that the council assembly is prone to conclude on Friday with an expression of help for continued investigation of the opportunity of including an additional 16 groups to the match.
The council will meet once more shortly earlier than the June 5 congress in Paris and they’re then anticipated to place their advice to the total membership, who’ve historically backed the preferences of the management. FIFA’s different main determination on a brand new expanded Membership World Cup, presumably with 24 groups to begin in 2021, can also be anticipated to be held again till June.
Many inside European governing physique UEFA stay against the plan and European golf equipment are additionally sceptical of the necessity for such a match.
Nonetheless, given there’s broad help outdoors of Europe for the thought, the supply stated UEFA stays open to potential compromises, leaving FIFA’s Council prone to wait on a remaining determination.