Japan Offers To Host 2022 World Cup if Qatar Loses Rights

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JapanJapan is ready to hold the 2022 World Cup if Fifa strip Qatar of hosting rights over corruption allegations, the country’s football chief told AFP.

Japan Football Association (JFA) president Kuniya Daini said the country, whose capital Tokyo will stage the 2020 Olympics, would step in if required.

“If Fifa look for an alternative country, we already have the stadiums that would meet the criteria to host it,” he said in an interview.

“We have the Olympics in 2020. If there is a chance, we’d like to do it, although I don’t know how likely that would be.”

The chance of Qatar losing hosting rights appears remote despite an investigation by Fifa’s ethics committee, headed by former US district attorney Michael Garcia, into the much-criticised bidding process.

Qatar has also come under fire for its treatment of foreign construction workers, with figures obtained by AFP in February showing that 450…

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