FIFA president president Gianni Infantino seeks to increase World Cup finals to 48 teams

FIFA should increase the size of the football World Cup in Qatar in 2022 to 48 from 32 teams, the global governing body’s president Gianni Infantino has said. 

Last month, Infantino said a majority of national football federations were in favour of expanding the tournament and a decision was expected ahead of the qualifying draw in March, as reported by Reuters. 

Infantino, speaking at a sports conference on Wednesday, also said FIFA was seeing whether it would be possible for some of Qatar’s Gulf neighbours to host some of the matches. 

He said last month that it would be “difficult” to stage an expanded tournament in Qatar alone. 

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt launched a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar in June 2017 that has complicated the prospect of sharing the tournament. 

The countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies. 

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