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FIFA still want to expand 2022 world cup to 48 teams

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Gianni Infantino has revealed FIFA are still considering a plan to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams.

Speaking at the Dubai International Sports Conference, the FIFA president confirmed they were looking into whether it would be possible for some of Qatar’s Gulf neighbours to host some matches.

“The World Cup will take place in Qatar with 32 teams. Obviously, if we can increase it to 48 teams and make the world happy we should try it,” he said.

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Infantino revealed in November that FIFA were keen to further expand the tournament from its current 32-team format – although he acknowledged at the time there was little prospect of success.

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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