Qatar have shown interest in accepting Iran's offer to host teams during the 2022 World Cup, but no decision has been taken yet.
Iran extended its hand owing to Qatar's geographical size and the number of teams that will grace the quadrennial tournament in 2022.
READ ALSO: Twitter shows mad love for Fulham’s appointment of Claudio Ranieri According to Reuters, while speaking to AFP, chief organiser Hassan Al Thawadi said having teams based in Iran was part of the operational plan but they would first run it through FIFA.
"This is part of the operational plan, but obviously it will have to be done with FIFA," he replied when asked if teams would be based in Iran.
FIFA has also proposed increasing the number of teams in the World Cup to 48 from 32, further complicating matters as Qatar has not included the 16 extra teams in its planning.
"Our preparations right now are for 32 teams, the current format. All the preparation are ongoing based on that," he said.
However, FIFA president Gianni Infantini is not inclined to implementing the expansion in 2020 and said it would be highly impractical for the tiny nation to accomplish such a fete
Meanwhile, regional relations have worsened in recent years with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates imposing an embargo for Qatar purportedly supporting radical Islamist groups.
Qatar strongly denied the accusations and accused its neighbour of seeking their own political gains by influencing regime change within the desert state.
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