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FIFA evaluates bidders' ability to host World Cup

FIFA says Qatar's desert heat could put players' health at risk at a 2022 World Cup, and the United States bid needs stronger guarantees of federal government support.

sports Updated: Nov 17, 2010 19:35 IST

FIFA says Qatar's desert heat could put players' health at risk at a 2022 World Cup, and the United States bid needs stronger guarantees of federal government support.

FIFA's technical panel says 2018 candidates England and Spain-Portugal are "low-risk" options, though Russia faces challenges on providing transport infrastructure. The panel's reports highlight concerns after making four-day visits to all nine bidders to evaluate their ability to host a World Cup.

The assessments are designed to help FIFA's executive committee choose the hosts in a December 2 secret ballot.

FIFA's ethics committee will announce on Thursday if two of the 24 voters and the Qatari and Iberian bids should be barred for alleged corrupt vote-trading deals.