FIFA’s presidential candidate, Carlo Tavecchio, has urged FIFA president Sepp Blatter to reconsider the 2018 World Cup bid for Palos Verdes and back away from the controversial proposal that calls for the creation of a “super-region”.
“I call for the FIFA president to consider the real possibility of a serious bid for the 2022 World Cup,” Tavecsi told a news conference in Zurich.
“The real question is how many millions of euros will it cost to create such a super-region?”
The World Cup was a controversial bid that was initially backed by Blatter but subsequently backed by former FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was later impeached by a Swiss court.
Infantinos bid was also opposed by Blatant anti-corruption campaigner and former presidential candidate Guido Fawkes, who called it “the worst corruption in world football”.
Blatter, however, has rejected the calls to scrap the bid, arguing it is the only way to ensure the World Cup is held in South America.
“I would also like to point out that, with the World Cups taking place in different countries around the world, and with different budgets, it is very difficult to get a clear idea of what the actual costs would be,” he said in a statement.
“Therefore, the proposal of creating a ‘super-Region’ is not a simple question of cost or benefit, but rather a question of the kind of society that would be created and the values that would underpin that.”
Tavecesi said the World Series would have a “substantial economic and cultural impact” on the region and that “all parties” would benefit from a bid.
“We would also want to see the World Rugby World Cup and other sporting events being organised in Palos VERDES,” he added.
“For example, it would be great to have a World Cup held in Paloestas capital, the city of Palos, in the future.”
The proposal has caused controversy, with Blatter saying in December 2018 that “we mustn’t forget that it was Blatter who pushed for the World Championship in Palossas, where a great part of the city is located.”
The World Football Association is also opposing the Palos verde bid.
In a statement on its website, the World Football Federation said: “Palos Verde is an island, which is a special place.
We would like to see it become part of Palossa, a place of the future, one that will not be left behind.”
In the statement, the association also said it is “unaware” of any “anti-fraud measures” that the Palosses have implemented against the FIFA corruption inquiry, which was launched in October 2018.