FIFA may host some World Cup games outside Qatar
Some 2022 World Cup games could be placed outside bid winner Qatar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.
"Is it feasible to do it only in Qatar? Difficult probably," the FIFA head said. "Is it feasible to have a few games being played in neighboring countries? Well, maybe this is an option, of course."
Infantino said he was "not naive" not to know what was going on, referring to the 2017 decision by Saudi Arabia and its allies to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. But he assured reporters he would not be bound by any political considerations, adding "we are in football, we are not in politics," Sputnik reported.
He also said he did not see any impact of Qatar’s blockade by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates on its preparations for the games.
Qatar won the bid to host the World Cup in 2010 when there were only 32 football teams vying to participate. FIFA is now considering increasing that number to 48 teams.