Gianni Infantino Won’t Mind If North Korea Host FIFA World Cup

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FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, who wants to bring about “genuine change,” has acknowledged that North Korea might one day host the World Cup.

Gianni Infantino in a press conference

Any country is eligible to host an event, according to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who is running for re-election for the third time. Infantino also stated that his organization wants to help bring the world together.

Gianni Infantino had responded to criticism against FIFA over the decision to stage the World Cup in Qatar. He had to make a lengthy speech to defend the host before the opening of the contentious Qatar World Cup on Sunday.

The president, who was born in Switzerland, also acknowledged that he had traveled to North Korea in the past to see if the country would be interested in holding a women’s tournament with their neighbors, South Korea.

Infantino stated that FIFA is a global association for football. “We want to unite people because we are football fans, not politicians”, he said.

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Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino

“An event can be held in any nation. When it comes to hosting events, North Korea too can.

“Years ago, I traveled to North Korea to inquire about their readiness to co-host a portion of the Women’s World Cup with South Korea.

“Well, I wasn’t successful, but if it would help, I’d try 100 more times.

“Only participation can result in genuine change. We are a worldwide organization that aspires to continue being a global organization.”

North Korea, which is now ranked 112 in the world, hasn’t participated in football’s biggest tournament since South Africa 2010, their second trip after making their debut at the 1966 edition in England.

Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino in North Korea

The secretive nation is run by Kim Jong-un and has a hostile relationship with South Korea. Recently, ballistic testing has increased on the peninsula.

According to Gianni Infantino, he previously attempted to persuade North Korea to co-host the Women’s World Cup with South Korea.

On the eve of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Swiss-born FIFA president spoke on a variety of subjects. There are still concerns about Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host country’s suitability for football’s premier international competition.

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While their northern neighbors have yet to host a significant competition, South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties for the 2002 edition of the competition.

Infantino’s remarks are being widely criticized ahead of the World Cup, which begins on Sunday, with many of the critics citing worker deaths and human rights abuses in Qatar.

But he has been persistent in saying that fans should concentrate on the game rather than bringing up problems outside football.

Gianni Infantino
Qatar set for their first match against Ecuador

Infantino had earlier urged the 32 participating nations to concentrate on their football, but he used his news conference to defend Qatar and call for “understanding” of various religious beliefs.

The position of Qatar toward the LGBTQ community has also been questioned. In line with that, rainbow bands will be worn by the England and Wales teams to show support for the LGBTQ community.

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