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Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with the country. FIFA has ruled that Gulf countries would have to end the blockade of Qatar to be eligible to co-host the 2022 World Cup. According to an 81-page feasibility study, FIFA’s ruling council is in favor of supporting an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams despite…

Qatar’s final position on the matter will be decided by its rulers, who may see political advantage in agreeing to include specific neighbouring nations. FIFA is considering plans to extend the 2022 World Cup to other Arab nations to increase the amount of teams taking part in the tournament. According to The New York Times, Qatar will still be the host nation, but in order to allow 48 teams to take part Kuwait and Oman…

Concerns surround what affect the UAE’s flight ban could have on other major sporting events, mainly the 2022 World Cup. A report has uncovered a worrying issue involving the blockade against Qatar and major sporting events affected by its no-fly zone. According to the Associated Press, Qatar’s soccer players were recently involved in a circuitous flight route to the UAE via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours to attend the Asian Cup. Such a flight…