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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 October 2006, 17:00 GMT
Blatter dispels SA 2010 doubts
Sepp Blatter with trophy
Blatter has defended South Africa's World Cup abilities

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has dismissed suggestions the 2010 World Cup could be moved from South Africa to another country, insisting the event will proceed as planned.

Rumours have been circulating that Fifa was looking for an alternative host country because of concerns South Africa's preparations had fallen behind.

But Blatter said the speculation was wrong and the tournament would remain in South Africa.

"They will be ready, no problems they will be ready," the Fifa boss explained.

"The plan C and B in my opinion is still South Africa."

Australia had been suggested as a possible option after local officials announced they would be willing to take over the running of the 2010 tournament, but Blatter said Australia would have to wait their turn.

The 2014 World Cup has already been promised to South America, leaving 2018 as the earliest opportunity Australia could even lodge a bid to stage the tournament.

"Australia shall be an option for organising the next World Cup after 2014," Blatter added.



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