FIFA President Gianni Infantino is open to North Korea hosting a World Cup in the future as he believes it could 'bring real change'.
The FIFA boss addressed the controversy surrounding Qatar hosting the World Cup over the weekend and claimed that football could be used to 'unite the world'.
He says he believes that any nation should have the opportunity to host the international tournament.
“FIFA is a global football organisation,” Infantino said, as per The Athletic.
“We are football people, not politicians, and we want to bring people together.”
The president revealed that he had visited North Korea a few years ago to see if they would host the Women’s World Cup.
He said: “Any country can host an event. If North Korea wants to host something.
“I actually went to North Korea some years ago to ask the North Koreans if they were ready to host part of a Women’s World Cup with South Korea.
“Well, I was not successful, obviously, but I would go another 100 times if it would help.
“Only engagement can bring real change. We’re a global organisation and want to remain an organisation that unites the world.”
Mr Infantino said that he wanted the 32 countries competing to ‘focus on football’ while ‘understanding’ the different beliefs in Qatar.
He added: “That’s why if you come here and see something wrong, say it, but also say how we can rectify it, please, so maybe we can help.”
While speaking with world leaders in Indonesia during the 17th Group of Twenty (G20) summit, he said that the World Cup could serve as a platform to end the conflict.
He said: “Football is a force for good. We are not naïve to believe that football can solve the world’s problems.
“We know that our main focus as a sports organisation is and should be sports, but because Football Unites the World, this particular FIFA World Cup, with five billion people watching it, can be a trigger for a positive gesture, for a sign or a message of hope.”
Mr Infantino added if a ‘temporary ceasefire’ wasn’t possible, he urged Russia to at least open humanitarian corridors during the tournament.
He continued: “You are the world leaders; you have the ability to influence the course of history.”
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