Fifa boss confident of Qatar 2022 despite diplomatic crisis

 11 Jun 2017 - 13:20

Fifa boss confident of Qatar 2022 despite diplomatic crisis


Lausanne: FIFA is confident the diplomatic crisis sweeping Qatar will normalise and not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation's president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published Sunday. 

"We are facing a diplomatic crisis," Infantino told Switzerland's Le Matin Dimanche newspaper. "I am confident the region will return to a normal situation."

He told the paper FIFA was "closely watching the evolving situation and we are in regular contact with the highest authorities in Qatar."

But he stressed that Qatar's World Cup was five years away. 

"Obviously, if football can offer a small contribution to improve the situation, I won't hesitate to offer my help," he said, while adding that FIFA should stay clear of "geopolitics."

Saudi Arabia and allies including the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.

The move triggered the most serious diplomatic flap to hit the region in years.

Since being chosen by FIFA in 2010 as the host, Qatar has maintained that it is a politically secure nation.

Doha has also emphasised that the tournament serves the entire Gulf, and not just Qatar.

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