Blatter makes shock 2022 WC claim

FIFA World Cup 2022

After fresh allegations of bribery over the controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has made a remarkable claim about potential changes.

Last week, world football was rocked after the United States Department of Justice issued an indictment charging that Russia and Qatar paid bribes to secure the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

There has been no indication that FIFA would consider moving the World Cup out of Qatar, despite a long list of concerns that include poor working conditions, infrastructure issues and more, on top of the bribery.

According to The Guardian, there have also been 34 stadium worker deaths in the last six years - and disgraced former president Blatter feels a venue change is still plausible.

"Germany could do it. But this would mean the World Cup being staged in Europe again after 2018," Blatter told German outlet Sport Bild. "Europe, therefore, would not be the first choice.

"The United States could do it instead of 2026 - they are capable, it's not rocket science! Japan could also do it. They also bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

"Fortunately, the 2022 World Cup will only have 32 teams and not 48 as [FIFA president Gianni Infantino] had planned. The organisational effort would not be bigger than in 2018."