FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he won’t consider hosting the 2022 World Cups, but that he wants to hear what other countries have to say about the bidding process.
The FIFA president is set to hold a press conference on Wednesday, when he will address the media for the first time since his inauguration in December, according to The Associated Press.
“I want to hear the views of the world,” Blatter said.
“No matter what country you’re from or who you love, the World Cup is a great opportunity to develop the sport of football and to improve it.”
Blatter’s comments come as he’s considering the host nation for the 2022 and 2024 World Cups.
It’s unclear how long it will take Blatter to make a decision, but the timing is intriguing.
The 2018 World Cup in Brazil, which was held in the South American country of Curacao, is now over, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino said this week that he’ll meet with other world leaders this week to discuss hosting a second World Cup.
Infantinos remarks came after the host country was forced to withdraw its bid after it received more than 3,300 complaints from fans about the heat, poor sanitation, and poor conditions at the stadiums.
“We are looking for a solution for our fans and for our stadiums,” Infantines office said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Our stadiums have become overcrowded with fans.
It is not a FIFA decision.
The stadiums have a history of being overcrowded and there is no solution to this problem.”
The country of Argentina, which is hosting the 2019 World Cup, said in December that it would be ready to host the tournament if FIFA made a decision to allow it to host it.