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Saudi Arabia will probably be accepted as the organizer of the football World Cup on the eve of 2024

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Gianni Infantino stated on Friday that the formal award of the football World Cup in 2034 will probably take place at a digital congress on 11 December this year. Photo: Alessandra Tarantino / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 17.05.2024 09:39:52

Sport: Towards the end of the congress in Bangkok, Thailand, the Fifa president said that the same is the case with the 2030 World Cup, which will be played in Morocco, Portugal and Spain. It was made known last year.

An amendment to the Fifa statutes adopted earlier on Friday allows the International Football Association to award more than one men’s World Cup at the same congress.

Saudi Arabia is the only applicant for the championship in 2034. International human rights organizations have been critical of the Gulf state as a World Cup organizer due to alleged sports laundering to hide human rights violations.

In November last year, Norway’s men’s national team coach Ståle Solbakken came out strongly against the process, which ultimately led to Saudi Arabia remaining as the only applicant.

– It is as expected. This is something that has been on the cards for a long time, that they (Saudi Arabia) were going to be awarded this World Cup after a process that has been strange to say the least. It just shows how much power the top officials in Fifa and Infantino have, Solbakken told NTB.

The WC in 2026 will be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

At Friday’s congress in Bangkok, it was also decided that the number of committees in FIFA will increase fivefold from seven to 35.

(© NTB)

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