Last week, the global governing body of football stated that it was in “regular contact” with the organisers of the Qatar World Cup after six Arab countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen – cut diplomatic ties with the nation.
Speaking with Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche whether Qatar’s World Cup was in doubt, Infantino said: “No. In any case, I am not in the habit of speculating and I'm not going to this time either.”
“The essential role of Fifa, as I understand it, is to deal with football and not to interfere in geopolitics. We are indeed facing a diplomatic crisis", he stressed. “But on the other hand I am confident that the region will return to a normalised situation. The World Cup is in 2022. In five years’ time. Obviously, if football can make a small contribution, in any way, to an improvement, I will not hesitate to offer my help.”