SKorea leader proposes Asian nations co-host 2030 World Cup

12 June, 2017, 18:55 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Following a request from the United Arab Emirates, FIFA, the global governing body of football, removed a Qatari referee from an upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier match between UAE and Thailand, AP reported on Sunday.

The UAE federation said on Twitter that the match referee would now be Muhammad Taqi from Singapore.

"The decision has been taken for sporting reasons and in view of the current geopolitical situation", Federation Internationale de Football Association said in a statement. The countries severed ties with Qatar and imposed an economic blockade.

Infantino was quoted as saying he will sound out Chinese President Xi Jinping about Moon's idea when the two meet later this week.

Infantino said he was confident that diplomatic relations will be restored by the time the tournament begins in around five years time, during an interview with Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche.

The tiny gas-rich emirate is at the centre of the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in years.


"I hope this can happen with the 2030 FIFA World Cup", Moon said. "But I am convinced and optimistic that the situation in the region will improve again", he said.

It has already hosted the 10th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup and an IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting, and a FINA Swimming World Cup is scheduled for September.

Qatar, who are part of the Asian Football Confederation, are due to host the 2022 World Cup, meaning China will not be eligible to bid for the 2026 tournament because of FIFA's policy of rotating between host continental governing bodies.

'Obviously, if football can make a small contribution, in any way, to an improvement, I will not hesitate to offer my help'.

But the blockade of Qatar has worsened throughout the week. Additionally, Saudi Arabia sealed shut Qatar's only land border, impacting a significant source of food imports for the peninsula nation.

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