FIFA: Gulf countries keen to host 2022 World Cup games

December 17, 2010 11:28

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says several Gulf countries "are interested" in hosting games at the 2022 World Cup.

Blatter, who this week met with football officials in Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as Qatar during a tour of the region, said any decision to spread games would have to come from Qatar, which earlier this month won the right to host the tournament.He would not say whether Qatar officials expressed a position in meetings with Blatter on Thursday and so far the country's 2022 World Cup bid committee has been silent on the topic.

In its bid proposal, the tiny desert nation played up the fact that it could host "a compact" World Cup where all the matches would be within an hour of one another in Qatar.

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