Qatar open to introducing a 48-team World Cup in 2022

Berlin Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani is open to the 2022 World Cup to be held in the country being increased to 48 teams, a German newspaper report says. FIFA president Gianni Infantino told a council meeting of the ruling football governing body earlier on Friday that he had met the Emir to discuss the expansion according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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The Qatar World Cup is currently intended to have 32 teams with a 48-team tournament first planned for four years later in the edition co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. The larger competition would increase the total games played from 64 to 80.

Speaking at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Qatar 2022 organising committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi told DPA: “We are about to discuss the decision with FIFA.” According to the FAZ, the expansion in 2022 would be accommodated by including another country, such as Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, as a co-host.

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If there was a minutes silence at the 2022 Qatar World Cup to remember every person that has died during the construction of the stadiums, there would be no noise for 44 matches.

Nearly 4,000 deaths that equates to.

There’s still over 3 years of construction to go.#FIFAshame

whats about making a documentary on the plights of workers and laborers working in qatar and so on in middle east specially the poor labor class who is facing the modern slavery while building stadiums for fifa world cup in Qatar you the so called free independent media outfit?

Originally published as Qatar open to introducing a 48-team World Cup in 2022

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