first_imgFIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino suggested by his statement today that the 2022 World Cup cannot be expanded to 48 teams without agreement from hosts Qatar, while backing further study of the “interesting” proposal, according to AFP.Infantino did not declare Qatar can veto an enlarged 2022 tournament if FIFA voters decide in favour of an expansion. However, he said that imposition of a 48-team competition on Qatar, which is in the thick of preparations for a 32-nation tournament would be “absolutely” unfair.“Obviously, Qatar will need to agree and it will be the first to agree because we need to work together,” Infantino told reporters at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.FIFA voters coming together in Russia next week will decide strictly on whether 48 teams in 2022 merits closer analysis. The president noted it was premature to speculate on the likelihood of the idea moving forward.“We have a contract with the Qataris. They have been awarded a World Cup with 32 teams and that is how it is,” the FIFA boss said. “Contracts are there to be respected.”last_img

Qatar could veto enlarged 2022 World Cup – FIFA boss

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