SKorea leader proposes Asian nations co-host 2030 World Cup

Jun 12, 2017, 14:39

As a result, the United Arab Emirates submitted a formal request to Federation Internationale de Football Association to have Qatari officials removed from their upcoming game against Thailand.

A referee from Singapore has been chosen to replace the Qatari one for the match in Bangkok on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. He will be assisted by a fellow Singaporean and two officials from Malaysia.

FIFA said the decision, which came hours after FIFA president Gianni Infantino said football's governing body should not "interfere in geopolitics", was taken considering the geopolitical situation in the Gulf region.

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Qatar denied the assertions made against it, labeling the decision from its neighboring countries to sever ties "unjustified" and with "no basis in fact".

Earlier, Infantino, in an interview with Swiss newspaper Le Matin published on Sunday, had said he was confident that the regional rift between the Gulf nations would be resolved before the country hosts the World Cup. "However, I am convinced and optimistic that the situation in the region will be relaxed again".

"We are indeed facing a diplomatic crisis".

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He clarified, however, that 'FIFA's main mission is football and not getting involved in geopolitical issues, ' even though he went further and said that whether FIFA 'can make a contribution to help in any way, we will obviously offer our help '. The World Cup is in 2022, in five years.

According to an estimate by The International Trades Union Confederation, as many as 1,000 migrant workers have died each year building World Cup facilities in Qatar.

But the blockade of Qatar has worsened throughout the week.

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