FIFA insist 2022 World Cup remains with Qatar

FIFA have moved to clarify an interview with Sepp Blatter in which the organisation's president suggested the vote to stage the 2022 World Cup could be re-run.

FIFA have moved to clarify an interview with Sepp Blatter in which the organisation's president suggested the vote to stage the 2022 World Cup could be re-run.

However, world governing body FIFA dispute the content of the interview and say Blatter said it was a "hypothetical scenario" as the dates of the World Cup will be decided on by the tournament organising committee.

A FIFA statement read: "FIFA would like to remind as communicated previously that in fact the bidding agreement clearly stipulates that the final decision on the format and dates for both competitions (FIFA Confederations Cup 2021 and FIFA World Cup 2022) is vested with the FIFA Organising Committee which may hear recommendations from the LOC (local organising committee).

"Therefore, nothing has changed to what we have said previously.

"As it stands today, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is planned to be staged in Qatar in June/July 2022.

"Any potential change would have to be first requested by the competition organisers, ie. Qatar, and then presented to the FIFA Executive Committee for analysis."

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