FIFA rule changes to give China 2030 World Cup bid a boost - Daily Mail Online

FIFA rule changes to give China 2030 World Cup bid a boost | Daily Mail Online

China's hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup have been given a boost from FIFA.

Football's governing body proposes giving its ruling council the power to decide that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again.

FIFA imposed a two-tournament block last October, barring European members from 2026 World Cup bidding because Russia is hosting in 2018.

Gianni Infantino is to set <a href= out his proposed changes to the hosting regulations for World Cups">Gianni Infantino is to set out his proposed changes to the hosting regulations for World Cups

Gianni Infantino is to set out his proposed changes to the hosting regulations for World Cups

KEY POINTS FOR PROPOSED CHANGE

Existing rule - Countries must wait two tournaments before bidding to host in same continent.

Proposed change - 'If circumstances require', original time frame can be ignored.

Meaning - China would be free to host centenary World Cup in 2030.

What is Wanda? Dalian Wanda Group are a Chinese property and cinema firm who signed a huge sponsorship deal with FIFA.

Any other proposed changes? President Gianni Infantino's salary is decided by a panel. He wants an independent financial expert replaced by FIFA employee.

That favoured the North American co-hosting bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Now, FIFA wants to formalize an amendment to its statutes when members meet on May 11 in Manama.

Ahead of next week's FIFA Congress in Bahrain, the governing body said the flexibility in hosting would be allowed 'if circumstances so require.'

That could let China bid to host the 2030 World Cup only eight years after Qatar.

Other proposed changes to FIFA's legal rules include concentrating more decision-making powers in the FIFA Bureau - President Gianni Infantino and the six presidents of the continental confederations - without needing to be ratified by the 37-member FIFA Council.

Infantino could also get more authority to create and appoint working groups to 'prepare the topics' for council meetings.

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One such future debate could be opening up a 2030 World Cup hosting contest in which South America should start as favourite.

The centenary World Cup is expected to bring a co-hosting bid that includes Uruguay, the original tournament host in 1930.

Still, Chinese firms have targeted FIFA, including property and cinema giant Dalian Wanda Group, which last year signed a top-tier sponsorship through 2030.

'As a partner of FIFA, Wanda will be better placed to play a role in the bidding process to host major football events such as the World Cup,' Wanda said in March 2016.

Infantino also wants the independent expert who helps decide his salary to be replaced Infantino also wants the independent expert who helps decide his salary to be replaced

Infantino also wants the independent expert who helps decide his salary to be replaced

'In principle ... the event shall not be awarded to members of the confederations that hosted the two previous editions,' the proposed text says, though adding: 'If circumstances so require, the Council may decide otherwise in accordance with the applicable regulations.'

A further tweak of FIFA rules next week could see a change in lineup for the three-person panel which decides Best Insulated Water Bottles the salary of Infantino and other top FIFA officials, plus payments to Best Insulated Water Bottles council members.

FIFA proposes replacing an independent financial expert on the panel with the chair of its governance committee, currently Portuguese lawyer Miguel Maduro.

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