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Report: We Could Be Getting A Joint Italy-Saudi Arabia Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup

Report: We Could Be Getting A Joint Italy-Saudi Arabia Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup

It had been hoped that Ireland would play some part in hosting the 2030 FIFA World Cup, with the FAI set to throw their lot in with the four British nations in bidding for the tournament.

Their chances likely took a hit last weekend.

You can't imagine that UEFA and FIFA would have been very impressed with the English handling of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, with large amount of crowd trouble and a huge number of supporters managing to make their way into the stadium without tickets.

Still, a bid will certainly be considered.

They are likely to face some stern competition. Spain and Portugal could submit a joint proposal, while China, and some sort of South American bid (with this tournament marking the 100th anniversary of the first edition in Uruguay) are also likely.

We could also be looking at an unlikely pairing attempting to get the competition.

The Athletic are reporting that Saudi Arabia and Italy are considering a joint bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

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The report suggests that Saudi Arabia are keen to host the tournament, with FIFA encouraging countries to submit joint bids. Egypt and Morocco are two options, although it is believed the infrastructure already in Italy makes them are more appealing partner.

Of course, you will notice that those two countries are not anywhere near each other. That could be one issue.

Saudi Arabia's poor human rights record could be another, although it's fair to say that FIFA have not appeared to be turned off by such things in the past.

Italian footballing authorities already have a strong link with their Saudi counterparts, with the country's equivalent of the Community Shield taking place in the country in three of the last four seasons.

It is also suggested that Saudi investment into upgrading Italian stadiums could help attract the European nation into becoming part of the bid.

Surely two nations on separate continents cannot co-host a tournament?

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Gary Connaughton

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