Offer from Japan if FIFA strip Qatar of World Cup

President of Japanese FA keen to take tournament to Tokyo

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Japan is ready to hold the 2022 World Cup if FIFA strip Qatar of hosting rights over corruption allegations.

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said the nation can step in if required, especially as Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics.

"If Fifa look for an alternative country, we already have the stadiums that would meet the criteria to host it," Daini said. "If there is a chance, we'd like to do it, although I don't know how likely that would be."

In fact, the chance of Qatar losing the event is remote despite a probe by a FIFA ethics panel headed by former US district attorney Michael Garcia into a much-criticized bidding process.

Qatar has also come under fire for its treatment of foreign construction workers, and there is a row on holding the World Cup in the intense heat of the desert summer or in winter, which is mid-season for many nations.

However, Michel D'Hooghe, FIFA's medical officer, says there will be no re-vote on the controversial decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup finals.

"There will be absolutely no re-vote," D'Hooghe told the London Evening Standard. "Some in the English press want that (a re-vote). But it's not the English press that decide."

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