Controversy continues in Uruguay over Iranian judge’s actions Alireza Faghani and German Daniel Siebert In matches against Portugal and Ghana. first got an a penalty on the hour against Uruguay which FIFA recognized as a mistake, while another was approached and reprimanded by several Uruguayan footballers for claiming after their elimination against Ghana Two controversial penalties from La Celeste not taken,
The situation has led to four Uruguayan players being investigated by FIFA.
For Infantino, the refereeing allowed the game “without simulations” and a World Cup with “fewer yellow and red cards”.
“We must congratulate the players and coaches, who have managed to keep calm, and the referees”, observed the president. Infantino also recalled the involvement of the French judge Stephanie Frapart, The first woman to officiate a World Cup match in the group stage match between Germany and Costa Rica.
The president gave his vision of the tournament: “An extraordinary, beautiful World Cup, we knew the stadiums, but the truth is also that the fans, the fans, the players, the teams, the matches, the goals, everything has been extraordinary.”
Furthermore, he noted the importance of the elimination of several candidates in the early stages of the competition, something he considers “good news for football.” ,This shows that the level of football around the world is rising, hence the fact that no team has won all their matches. We have very important surprises that are not surprises at the end“, He added.
World Cup with 48 teams
Infantino also defended and confirmed the holding of the next 2026 World Cup with 48 teams. The places for 2030, for which Argentina will apply along with Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile, will be decided six years in advance.
Qatar 2022 will be the last World Cup with 32 participants and will increase its quota by 33% for the next edition to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“Soccer has power. We are convinced of the full impact of soccer in North America. The more matches around the World Cup, the more volume there will be. We expect 50 to 60 lakh fans to travel to all the three hosting countries. We are very confident about the success of the tournament.” got excited.
FIFA president admits that It is yet to be defined how the group stage will be played, if it is 16 zones of three teams or 12 of four. “We are always open to improvement, we have to see who is better,” he said.
world cup 2030
without evaluating candidatesInfantino confirmed that the venue of the 2030 World Cup, the competition’s centenary year, would be voted on at the unit’s 74th Congress in 2024.
Argentina is working on a joint project with Uruguay – the first ever World Cup organizer and champion – Paraguay and Chile, which received strong support from CONMEBOL during the development of Qatar 2022.