England ready to host 2022 World Cup
Whittingdale says that England is ready to host the 2022 World Cup if necessary
England would be ready to host the 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped of it in connection with corruption allegations, Britain's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, said Thursday.
Whittingdale said in parliament that the country has the necessary facilities and could step in if asked by the ruling body FIFA, according to the Press Association.
"Obviously if Fifa came forward and asked us to consider hosting it, we have the facilities in this country and of course we did mount a very impressive, if unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 World Cup," he said.
However he also said it was unlikely that Europe would get the 2022 tournament in such a scenario because Russia is hosting the 2018 edition in which England lost out.
Swiss authorities last week launched a corruption probe in connection with the 2018 and 2022 bid and election process by the ruling body FIFA.
There is also - unconfirmed - media speculation that an American probe on football corruption, which saw 14 people indicted last week and seven of them arrested in Zurich ahead of the FIFA congress, could include the 2018 and 2022 votes.
FIFA has been rocked by the corruption claims, and president Joseph Blatter said Tuesday he will resign, just four days after he was elected for a fifth term.
The latest developments also include former American FIFA vice-president Chuck Blazer admitting in a guilty plea that he and others accepted bribes before the votes that gave the 1998 World Cup to France and the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, according to newly unsealed US court documents.