Infantino confident WC 2022 in Qatar

Posted June 12, 2017

Federation Internationale de Football Association says it has agreed to a request from the United Arab Emirates for Qataris to be stopped from officiating at a World Cup qualifier due to the diplomatic rift between the Gulf nations.

A Singaporean referee will now take charge of the match, which is set to be played in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Infantino was quoted as saying he will sound out Chinese President Xi Jinping about Moon's idea when the two meet later this week.

The Zurich-based organization agreed with the UAE federation's demand, even though FIFA's statues demand a firm stance against any "political interference" in football and countries are often suspended from the global game as a result.

The UAE federation said on Twitter that the match referee would now be Muhammad Taqi from Singapore.

Gab Marcotti explains how political issues in Qatar could present a problem ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

"We are indeed facing a diplomatic crisis".

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has expressed today his optimism about the resolution of the conflict in the Persian Gulf and indicated that Qatar-2022 World Cup is not in danger for the moment.

"The essential role of FIFA, as I understand it, is to deal with football and not to interfere in geopolitics", he concluded.

"If neighbouring Northeast Asian countries including South and North Korea can host the World Cup, I think that would contribute to peace between South and North Korea and in the Northeast Asian region", Moon told Infantino, according to Moon's office.

The International Trades Union Confederation estimates that as of 2017, as many as 1,000 migrant workers have died each year building World Cup facilities in Qatar. Obviously, if football can make a small contribution, in any way. The countries severed ties with Qatar and imposed an economic blockade. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE have prohibited Qatari flights from using their airspace.