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Blatter Wants End To World Cup Playoffs

posted 6 Nov 2013, 08:08 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 6 Nov 2013, 08:08 ]

 (ZURICHSWITZERLAND) (REUTERS PICTURES) -  FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants to get rid of World Cup qualifying playoff ties in future, saying it is a hard way for teams to miss out on the finals.

Twenty teams, plus hosts Brazil, have qualified for next year's tournament via round-robin groups, but the remaining 11 places will be decided this month, all in two-legged playoffs.

"At the, the last matches and the playoff matches, they will bring a lot of excitement and a lot of spectators and a lot of, I would also say,it is not only now emotion, it is also passion and it will be drama, it will be drama, because you have to eliminate teams now, in two matches and I think this is good for television, this is good for the spectacle of football, but I think we should try to find a solution where, at the end of the qualification, you are in or out and not these playoffs, because these playoffs really, really -- OK, it gives more intensive action in football, but for those teams they are there in, it is really a, it's a hard way to go," Blatter said in an interview released by FIFA on Tuesday (November 5).

Blatter also said that, because of security concerns in Cairo, FIFA was looking carefully at the decision to allow Egypt to play their home tie against Ghana; the Ghanaians lead 6-1 from the first leg.

"So we are looking again on this matter. But there has been matches played in Egypt, but club matches, international club matches for Champions League in, in Africa. But we must be careful because finally we are responsibile for the organisation of this," said Blatter.

The FIFA president is to visit Qatar for talks with the emir on the 2022 world cup and he acknowledged problems to be discussed.

"There are some social problems linked with working activities there; there are also sporting problems with the calendar. So I will have a very interesting discussion with him and I will report to the (FIFA) executive committee on the 4th or 5th of December in Brazil," said Blatter.