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Blatter backs Australia Cup bid

Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Blatter says Australia's record of staging big events will help them

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has announced that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be awarded at the same time.

Speaking at the congress of football's governing body in Sydney, Blatter also revealed that Australia are in the running to host the 2018 tournament.

"You can say we've been to Asia for the World Cup but Australia is something very special because it is quite a continent in itself," he said.

"I think it would be a wonderful achievement if this can happen."

Australia are in a group of nations bidding for the 2018 tournament along with England, Russia and the United States.

But any simultaneous announcement means that if Australia miss out on 2018, they will have an increased chance of becoming hosts four years later.

"There is a European thinking in football by saying we are the owners of football because we have the best players but they have the best players because they have the highest amount of money," Blatter said.

"This does not say that the executive committee of Fifa shall have an inter-continental approach.

"That's why in the first we went to Africa (for the 2010 tournament in South Africa)."

Blatter also intends to use the conference as a showcase for his plans to curb the number of foreign players in domestic teams, insisting quotas are vital for the future of the sport.

"If the congress says it does not want these measures then we would have to rewrite our statutes," he said earlier this month.

"Football would no longer be able to fulfil the aims of Fifa which include a role to develop the game everywhere."

see also
Blatter steps up player veto plan
17 Apr 08 |  Football
Blatter faces player quota veto
20 Feb 08 |  Football
Blatter hostile to overseas plan
15 Feb 08 |  Premier League
Blatter wants EU to allow quotas
26 Nov 07 |  Football
Brazil will stage 2014 World Cup
30 Oct 07 |  Internationals
Fifa abandons World Cup rotation
29 Oct 07 |  Football
Fifa welcomes England 2018 bid
25 Oct 07 |  Football
Blatter gives England 2018 boost
12 Oct 07 |  Football

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