It rocked world football last week after the U.S. Department of Justice released a letter accusing Russia and Qatar of paying bribes to secure the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
There is no sign that FIFA would consider changing locations for the next World Cup, despite a long list of concerns that include poor working conditions, infrastructure problems, besides corruption.
The former FIFA president Blatter believes a change of location is still plausible. “Germany could do it. But that would mean the World Cup would be held in Europe again after 2018, “Blatter told German media Sport Bild, before adding:” Europe would not be the first choice. ”
“The United States could do it instead of 2026 – it is capable, it is not rocket science! Japan could also do it. They also applied to host the 2022 World Cup, “he said.
However, Switzerland welcomes the new format of global competition. “Fortunately, the 2022 World Cup will have only 32 teams, not 48 as [FIFA President Gianni Infantino] had expected. The organizational effort would not be greater than in 2018, “he concluded.
Sepp Blatter suggests withdrawing 2022 world cup from Qatar