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Ireland, UK prepare joint bid to host 2030 World Cup

Robert Besser
21 Oct 2021, 17:13 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland and the UK remain hopeful that they will jointly host the 2030 World Cup.

Questions had been raised about the suitability of the UK after the chaos during the Euro 2020 match at Wembley.

However, the chief operating officer of UK Sport, which is participating in a feasibility study on whether to bid, said the 2020 chaos will not prevent Ireland and England from moving forward with plans to sponsor the 2030 World Cup.

"I was at the match, it was pretty horrific and it was the opposite of what we want big sporting events to feel like," said Simon Morton of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, as reported by RTE.

"However, I don't think it's reflective of how this country organizes sporting events. We have an excellent reputation, not only for hosting brilliant events, but also hosting safe and secure events."

Early in 2021, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to fund £2.8m of the cost of the feasibility study. "We are very keen to bring football home in 2030. I do think it's the right place," said Johnson.

Bidding regulations for the 2030 World Cup will be published by FIFA in the second quarter of 2022.

"In respect of the bid, I think the only thing I can say there is the UEFA president, who is a key person in respect of the process, has been on the record saying it will have no bearing whatsoever on our bid," said Morton.

"There are lessons to be learned, the FA has commissioned a review from Baroness Casey. It's very serious. But I do not think it is the bid up in smoke."

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