China crisis: FIFA leave door open to Asian challenge to England World Cup bid

24 October 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Today FIFA left the door open to a rival bid from Asia to host the 2030 World Cup. Pictured is U.S. President Donald Trump and FIFA President Gianni Infantino speak to members of the press following a meeting at the White House on September 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. The U.S. will help host the 2026 World Cup along with Canada and Mexico.

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James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

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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