Balkan 2030 WC bid is realistic: Bulgarian sports minister
ZURICH, Dec 12, (Agencies): FIFA has provisionally banned the head of the Afghanistan soccer federation following accusations of sexual and physical abuse of female players.
In a statement, FIFA says Afghanistan Football Federation president Keramuudin Karim’s 90-day suspension “may be extended pending proceedings on the merits of the case.”
FIFA did not specify the details of the charge, only saying the “sanction has been imposed in connection with ongoing investigations concerning AFF officials, as reported by local authorities and published by some media.”
SOFIA: A bid by Balkan countries to host the 2030 soccer World Cup would have a realistic chance because the governments of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania would offer support for the joint candidature, Bulgaria’s Sports Minister Krasen Kralev said on Wednesday.
No Balkan nation has hosted the World Cup and last month’s announcement raised eyebrows given the poor sports infrastructure in the region but former long-distance runner Kralev said it was an achievable target.
“Our bid is completely realistic, we are aware that we have to meet a number of FIFA criteria,” the 51-year-old Kralev told Reuters. “Let us remind you that Russia also began building the necessary sports infrastructure after being named hosts of the 2018 World Cup.”
The Balkan quartet will also bid to host the European championship in 2028, hoping that would give them a chance to improve or build new stadiums. Kralev said that Greece had already announced it would modernize its Olympic Stadium while Serbia planned to build a new 60,000-capacity stadium.