Fifa to open bidding war to host 2019 World Cup
Posted On July 10, 2021
Fifa is set to open bids for the 2019 World Cups, as the governing body tries to secure more than a quarter of the 50 million tickets it needs to host the World Cup in Russia, Brazil and South Africa.
In a letter to fans sent out on Friday, the world football body said it would “open bidding wars” for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.
“This will be a challenging period for Fifa, as we face a number of significant issues including: the financials and viability of the 2019 tournaments; the cost of hosting and running a world championship; the impact of the current climate on the financial sustainability of football; and the prospects for the 2022 World Cup,” it said.
The 2018 and 2020 World Cups were hosted by the US and Russia, respectively.
The 2022 tournament is being hosted by Qatar.
The bidding wars come amid growing tensions between the Russian and Qatar authorities.
In December, a report from the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) said Russia had “severely abused its authorities” and that Russian officials had “abused the right of assembly”.
The committee also said Russia’s authorities had “failed to comply with their obligations to the UN, to its citizens and to its international partners”.