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Qatar ‘will host 2022 World Cup alone’

Abu Dhabi, December 16, 2010

Qatar will stage the 2022 World Cup finals alone without seeking help from neighbouring  countries, the president of the United Arab Emirates Football  Association Mohamed Khalfan al-Rumaithi said on Thursday.

"Nobody came out from Qatar and said 'would you do that?'  We are happy for Qatar, they delivered the goods. I think they will go solo," al-Rumaithi told Reuters. 

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said recently that Qatar, a  minor soccer nation who were awarded the 2022 finals earlier  this month, might farm out some matches to other countries in  the Gulf.

Speaking at a news conference at the Club World Cup,  al-Rumaithi had minutes earlier said: "We have not been  approached.      "Qatar won a fair competition and today I read in the news  that Mr Blatter said only the Qataris can decide if they want  the region to participate in this.

"We know that at that moment when Mr Blatter opened the  envelope ( during the Zurich vote) it was only Qatar.

"They are our neighbours, they are our brothers...Let's  believe in Qatar."

There have also been suggestions that the finals could be  moved from the traditional mid-year period to January because  of the intense summer heat in Qatar.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said the idea raised  by Germany great Franz Beckenbauer of a winter World Cup in  Qatar would have to be raised to executive committee level.

"For now that's not the case," Valcke said. "It's too  early to talk about a change to what is part of the Qatari bid  which was the one on which the executive commitee members made  their decision.”

Blatter was to have attended the news conference but went  instead to an official 2022 World Cup presentation in Doha.

He will be giving a news cnference in Abu Dhabi on Friday,  eve of the Club World Cup final between European champions  Inter Milan and Africa's TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic  of Congo. – Reuters




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