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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

UAE makes Qatar World Cup offer

Future vision: an artist’s impression of the Al Rayyan stadium for 2022

Yousef Abdullah, the General Secretary of the UAE Football Association, has welcomed the idea of working together with Gulf neighbours Qatar to jointly host the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar was awarded the hosting rights for the 2022 tournament in December and since then a number of suggestions have emerged including the possibility of the competition being hosted jointly by nations in the Arabian Gulf.
UEFA chief Michel Platini put forward the notion of a joint 2022 World Cup, but his suggestion was shot down by his Asian Football Confederation equal Mohammed bin Hammam, a Qatari himself, who has shown ambition to challenge FIFA boss Sepp Blatter for the presidency of the world governing body next term.
Bin Hammam said: “It has never been discussed that the matches should be played in other countries as well. I do not think that any country will be part of the competition in that respect.
“In terms of organisation, Qatar submitted the bid to organise the World Cup and that’s for just for Qatar to organise all the matches.
“It’s never actually been discussed within the Fifa Executive Committee or outside the Executive Committee that some of the matches are to be played outside. So from this point of view, I don’t think any country is going to be a part of the organisation.
“We promoted a compact World Cup, a World Cup which is going to be organised in a small country and we told the world to please come and see how comfortable it is to organise a World Cup in a small country. We are proud of our infrastructure and football infrastructure and how much we can do and how much we can keep our promises which we have presented in our bid.”
But Abdullah said: “The 2022 World Cup it is an interesting concept, but it is the decision of the government and of the federation and for sure if they, the Qatar people want us to support them and take part in this competition in a technical way, the federation we will be happy to share in it.”