FIFA president Gianni Infantino has ruled out the possibility of playing the 2022 World Cup without fans. Due to the coronavirus pandemic leagues across the world have been banning fans from the stadiums. Despite the World Cup still being two years away, there have been talks about fans not being able to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar if a vaccin for the coronavirus has not been found by then. However, Infantino says it is not an option to play the World Cup without fans.
“I cannot imagine the Qatar 2022 World Cup without fans, because playing a competition the size of the World Cup without spectators is almost no point in having, causing us big issues, and there is no doubt that the next World Cup will definitely be held in Qatar. We have sufficient time in order to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and the global community will have done this by winter 2022.“
“At the present time the crisis threatens football and for the first time since World War II, football competitions around the world have been stopped. The situation has been very difficult, especially for those countries that depend on the income of fans attending.” Qualification for the tournament in 2022 recently kicked off and 30 nations will be fighting for a ticket. World Champions France and hosts Qatar have been given automatic starting places for the tournament.