Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticised the choice by world soccer’s governing physique to maintain the World Cup in six countries throughout three continents.
Morocco, Spain and Portugal had been named hosts of the 2030 match, whereas Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay may even host the opening matches to mark the match’s centenary, FIFA mentioned in a shock announcement on Wednesday.
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The choice was criticised by Sepp Blatter, who was FIFA president from 1998 to 2015, earlier than being pressured out after a corruption investigation.
“It is absurd to tear the tournament apart in this way,” Blatter instructed Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick.
“The World Cup finals must be a compact event,” he mentioned, including this was vital for the identification of the occasion, for the organisation and for guests.
Blatter, as soon as one among soccer’s strongest figures, has beforehand criticised FIFA for awarding the 2022 match to Qatar, saying the Middle East nation was too small.
The 87-year-old mentioned the 2030 match ought to happen in South America, marking the one hundredth anniversary of the primary occasion which was hosted and gained by Uruguay.
“For historical reasons, the 2030 World Cup should have belonged exclusively in South America,” he instructed the newspaper.