FIFA rejects 48-team 2022 World Cup | 2019-05-24 |

FIFA rejects 48-team 2022 World Cup

Afp, Lausanne

23rd May, 2019 10:20:41 printer

FIFA president Gianni Infantino was dealt a blow on Wednesday when world football’s governing body shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams.

FIFA dumped the plans “following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process” which led to the conclusion that “under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now”.

“(The tournament) will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June,” FIFA said in a statement.

The expansion was a pet project of Infantino, who pushed the idea despite the likely need for Qatar’s neighbours to put aside a two-year blockade and help host the tournament.

“The involvement of these countries in the organisation of the tournament jointly with Qatar implies the lifting of this blockade, in particular the lifting of restrictions on the movement of people and goods,” said a feasibility study submitted to March’s FIFA Congress in Miami.