Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter suggests USA could hold World Cup in 2022 instead of Qatar if indictment upholds bribery claims in voting process
- Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter suggested the USA could host 2022 World Cup
- Blatter feels Qatar could lose 2022 tournament because of bribery charges
- USA is currently set to host 2026 World Cup along with Mexico and Canada
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested that the United States could host the 2022 World Cup if the tournament is taken away from Qatar.
Last week the U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment charging that Russia and Qatar paid bribes in order to secure votes ahead of being awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.
Blatter, who is currently serving a six-year ban from football-related activities due to ethics violations from his time in charge, has also pleaded his innocence over the charges.
Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter suggested the United States should host the 2022 World Cup
According to the indictment, former Brazilian federation president Ricardo Teixeira, former CONMEBOL president Nicolas Leoz (who is now deceased) and a co-conspirator were given bribes to ensure their votes for Qatar.
Blatter told Sport Bild: ‘Germany could do it. But this would mean the World Cup being staged in Europe again after 2018.
‘Europe therefore would not be first choice. The United States could do it instead of 2026. They are capable, it’s not rocket science! Japan could also do it. They also bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
Blatter made the comments amid suggestions the tournament could be taken away from Qatar
‘Fortunately, the 2022 World Cup will only have 32 teams and not 48 as [FIFA president Gianni Infantino] had planned. The organisational effort would not be bigger than 2018.’
As Blatter states, the 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams, but it will be the last tournament to do so, with 48 nations set to participate in the 2026 World Cup.
Should the United States host the 2022 World Cup as a replacement for Qatar it would create further problems for FIFA as they would then have to find new hosts for the 2026 World Cup.