- Gianni Infantino has admitted to being open about North Korea hosting the FIFA World Cup in the future
- The FIFA president believes any nation is eligible to host the biggest football festival across the face of the earth
- He recently put up a strong defence for Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, which has been embroiled in controversy
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is open to North Korea hosting the World Cup in a bid to help “unite the world”.
Infantino, who is set to be re-elected to office for a third consecutive term, reckons that any nation is eligible to host the Mundial.
This year’s hosts, Qatar have come under serious scrutiny owing to the Middle East nation’s well-documented human rights violation and seemingly strong homophobic posture.
Addressing the controversy surrounding Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, the FIFA boss, who has been steadfast in supporting the hosts lashed out at critics while claiming that football could bring ‘real change’ to the world.
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“FIFA is a global football organisation,” Infantino said, as quoted by Sport Bible.
“We are football people, not politicians, and we want to bring people together.”
The Swiss-born FIFA president revealed he had paid a visit to North Korea a few years ago to see if they could host the Women’s World Cup.
“Any country can host an event if North Korea wants to host something.
“I actually went to North Korea some years ago to ask the North Koreans if they were ready to host part of a Women’s World Cup with South Korea.
“Well, I was not successful, obviously, but I would go another 100 times if it would help.
“Only engagement can bring real change. We’re a global organisation and want to remain an organisation that unites the world.”
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World Cup: Why Qatar is a controversial host
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the decision to award Qatar the hosting rights of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010 was met with much resistance from the word go.
The United States of America had been widely expected to win the bidding process, but then FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced Qatar as the winner of the vote.
Shocking corruption allegations among the members of the Executive Committee, the panel responsible for deciding who hosts the World Cup, rocked the giant federation.
Source: Sports Brief News