FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Sunday he does not believe the diplomatic crisis that involves 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar will threaten its hosting of the tournament.
In an interview published in Swiss newspapers Le Matin Dimanche and Sonntagszeitung, Infantino said he expects the diplomatic situation to be back to normal by the time the tournament is played in five and a half years time.
Infantino said that FIFA was watching the situation and was in regular contact with the Qatari authorities.
“The essential role of FIFA, as I understand it, is to deal with football and not to interfere in geopolitics,” he said.
“I am confident that the region will return to a normalized situation,” Infantino added.