Kuwait: We won’t partner with Qatar in hosting World Cup 2022

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Sheikh Ahmed al-Yousef, head of Kuwait’s Football Association, said that Kuwait cannot facilitate the conditions of participating in hosting some of the World Cup matches.

Yousef told Kuwait’s al-Rai newspaper that it is hard to accommodate FIFA’s main conditions in Kuwait, the biggest of which is allowing all nationalities to enter the country with a visa upon arrival, including Israel.

He added: “Even if we selectively picked the teams playing in Kuwait, we cannot prevent the audience from attending. There are also alcohol brands that are sponsoring the event and would like to sell and promote its products during the games, and that is forbidden and criminalized in Kuwait, so how would we solve this problem?”

Hosting or participating in hosting the World Cup is something that all countries would love to do, including Kuwait, but there are obstacles that no sports foundation can control, Yousef said.

The global governing body's president Gianni Infantino said that FIFA should if possible increase the size of the soccer World Cup in Qatar in 2022 to 48 from 32 teams, during a sports conference on Wednesday.

Infantino also said FIFA was seeing whether it would be possible for some of Qatar’s Gulf neighbors to host some of the matches.

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