FIFA Chief Eyes World Cup Expansion; Qatari Official Faces Ban
September 7, 2016
Gianni Infantino still wants 40-team World Cup (Getty Images)
(WFI) Gianni Infantino has raised the prospect of several nations co-hosting the 2026 World Cup that could feature 40 teams.
World Cup expansion was one of the central pillars of Infantino’s FIFA presidential campaign. This week he said he favored a 40-team tournament and didn’t rule out accepting a joint bid from Canada, USA and Mexico.
Under FIFA’s rotation system, CONCACAF is expected to land 2026 hosting rights. The bidding contest is scheduled to conclude in 2020. The U.S. 1994 World Cup was the last time the region staged FIFA’s quadrennial showpiece when the World Cup was expanded from 24 to 32 teams, its current format.
The FIFA Council will discuss Infantino’s World Cup expansion plans at its Oct. 13-14 meeting.
FIFA’s ethics committee has opened proceedings against Qatari FA vice president Saoud Al-Mohannadi.
The adjudicatory chamber is set to sanction the QFA’s former general secretary following a report issued by the ethics investigatory panel that recommended a two-and-a-half year ban from world football.
Mohannadi is accused of failing to cooperate with an inquiry, which was not connected to 2022 World Cup bidding race.
Mohannadi has been provided with the relevant final report and may request a hearing to present his case.
By INSIDER Mark Bisson
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