SKorea leader proposes Asian nations co-host 2030 World Cup

Lance Nichols
June 12, 2017

Following a request from the United Arab Emirates, FIFA, the worldwide governing body of football, removed a Qatari referee from an upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier match between UAE and Thailand, AP reported on Sunday.

Federation Internationale de Football Association removed the Qatari referee after UAE reportedly protested his appointment for the fixture at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium. He will be assisted by a fellow Singaporean and two officials from Malaysia. "The decision has been taken for sporting reasons and in view of the current geopolitical situation".

Qatar has since denied the allegations, but relations between the host of nations have remained frosty, prompting the request for a change in officiating presence.

The FIFA chief also offered to run the possibility by other Northeast Asian leaders, starting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he said he was scheduled to meet in two days. "In any case, I am not in the habit of speculating and I'm not going to this time either".

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has expressed today his optimism about the resolution of the conflict in the Persian Gulf and indicated that Qatar-2022 World Cup is not in danger for the moment.

"I hope this can happen with the 2030 FIFA World Cup", Moon said.

The tiny gas-rich emirate is at the centre of the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in years. "However, I am convinced and optimistic that the situation in the region will be relaxed again".

According to an estimate by The International Trades Union Confederation, as many as 1,000 migrant workers have died each year building World Cup facilities in Qatar.

"I will see if I can create such an opportunity for the 2030 World Cup", the South Korean president was quoted as saying.

In 2022, Qatar will host the tournament, so China can't bid for 2026 World Cup as per FIFA's policy of rotating between host continental governing bodies.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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