Gianni Infantino keen for regional World Cups if appointed FIFA president

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FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino would press for the World Cup to be held in a whole region rather than one or two countries.

Infantino, the UEFA general secretary, has published his manifesto for the FIFA election on February 26 and his most radical plan involves holding the World Cup in several countries.

It follows UEFA's decision to play the Euro 2020 tournament in 13 different countries - the semi-finals and final will be played at Wembley Stadium.

Infantino said in his manifesto: "Each confederation shall have to wait at least two editions before being able to host the World Cup again.

"This will ensure a more equitable rotation, while giving every confederation the opportunity to organise this unique event.

"Furthermore, FIFA should investigate the possibility of organising the World Cup not only in one or two countries but in a whole region, so enabling several countries to enjoy the honour and benefits of hosting the World Cup."

Infantino is standing against Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Bahraini head of the Asian football confederation (AFC), Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA deputy secretary general from France.

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