“If it happens — fantastic. If it doesn’t happen — fantastic also."
-- FIFA president Gianni Infantino
, trying to cover all his bases on the prospects for
his proposal to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams. The FIFA Council, which met in Miami on Friday, agreed to explore what was involved in expanding the tournament after a feasibility study said it
was possible if venues were added from outside of Qatar. The problem is, the natural partners for such a co-hosting arrangement -- United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain -- severed diplomatic
and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, and other Gulf nations such as Oman and Kuwait don't have stadiums ready to meet World Cup requirements. (Reuters