Alexei Sorokin, the general director of the Russia-2018 organizing committee preparing the 2018 FIFA World Cup has declined to comment on rumors that FIFA, the association football international governing body, is considering the possibility of holding the tournament in Qatar instead of Russia in case of emergency.
"The latest rumors are just ridiculous. I don't think it makes any sense to comment on these rumors," Sorokin said at the World Football Forum in Moscow.
Some Spanish media reported earlier that FIFA had asked Qatar to speed up the construction of stadiums and other infrastructure so that it could possess at least eight arenas by 2018 to be able to host a World Cup in case of emergency.
A source to which the reports referred suggested in explaining this decision that FIFA wanted to play it safe as relations between Russia and Western countries, which are pressuring the organization, continue to worsen.
The media said Qatar had promised that the stadiums would be ready by 2018 so that the country could host a World Cup instead of Russia if international tensions continue to grow.
Qatar is currently preparing to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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