China crisis: FIFA leave door open to Asian challenge to England World Cup bid
24 October 2019
FIFA may abandon two finals window for confederations looking to bid for 2030 World Cup.
Move would allow rival China bid for 2030 World Cup.
China’s standing boosted with 2021 Club World Cup award.
In a blow to a putative home nations 2030 World Cup bid led by England, FIFA have left the door open to a rival bid from Asia – most likely China – following discussions among its ruling council in Shanghai.
Recommendations by the FIFA Council in 2017 ruled out a bidder from a confederation that had hosted one of the previous two finals, but in laying out a timeline for the 2030 bid process FIFA president Gianni Infantino repeated his overture to an Asian bidder for the centennial World Cup.
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