Worawi : Joint ASEAN World Cup unlikely (18/01/2011)

It would be difficult for Asean to jointly host the World Cup, Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi said yesterday.

It was reported yesterday that Asean foreign ministers had agreed to propose to the grouping's leadership that the region bids for the 2030 World Cup as a group.

"It is not easy for Asean to host the World Cup," said Worawi, who is a FIFA executive member.

"If they really want to host the World Cup, then there should be only four host nations. It is impossible for a World Cup to be held in more than four countries."

Asean has 10 member nations including Thailand. It seems that Fifa does not like the idea of more than one nation organising a World Cup after Japan and South Korea jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup.

Furthermore, each Asean nation in the proposed joint bid will have to build several new stadiums and infrastructure, Worawi said.

Security would also be a big concern if a World Cup is co-hosted by several countries, the FAT boss said.

Another problem is FIFA would certainly not allow all Asean members to get automatic berths for the finals if Asean's bid is successful, Worawi said.

Source : http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/216892/worawi-joint-asean-world-cup-unlikely