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No talks to share World Cup with other countries, says Qatar

AFP  |  Doha 

has not held talks with any other countries to share matches at the 2022 World Cup, a senior tournament organiser in said on Wednesday.

Despite coming under pressure from to expand from 32 to 48 teams -- which could mean some matches being played elsewhere in the -- said no such negotiations had taken place.

"We haven't had any discussions of sharing," said the of Qatar's organising body, the

Governing body is currently carrying out a feasibility study to see if the first in the region could be expanded.

Infantino has said that if any tournament enlargement is agreed, it would likely mean matches being played in neighbouring countries, as it would increase the total number of tournament games from 64 to 80.

He has even suggested that could help peace, at a time when is at the centre of the worst Gulf diplomatic crisis in years.

For the past 18 months has been isolated by countries including Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, states which could potentially benefit from any World Cup expansion, in a bitter regional power struggle.

is accused by its rivals of supporting terrorism and being too close to Iran, charges which it refutes.

Khater said that whatever decides, any changes would have to be agreed by Qatar.

"There will be nothing that is forced upon anybody," he said.

"It's a feasibility study, then a consultation process. And based on the feasibility study and based on the discussions an agreement will be made.

"There will be nothing that will be decided unilaterally."

The country is being transformed in readiness for and is spending some $500 million each week on major infrastructure projects for football's biggest tournament.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 22:45 IST
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