By Pa Sport
Published: 18:28 BST, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 19:22 BST, 18 September 2020
This year's Club World Cup in Qatar could be delayed or scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said.
The competition, which brings together the club champions from the six regional confederations, is due to take place in December as part of the Middle East state's preparations for hosting the World Cup in 2022.
However, delays to international club competitions - such as South America's Copa Libertadores - mean it could be pushed back to 2021 or abandoned altogether.
This year's Club World Cup could be pushed back or cancelled as a result of covid-19
Infantino said: 'When it comes to the current Club World Cup of 2020, well since many confederations or some confederations will probably not conclude their Champions Leagues until December, it is unlikely that this event will take place in December of this year as was originally planned.
'But we are discussing, we are monitoring, we are seeing if it can be hosted in Qatar maybe at the beginning of the (new) year.
'We certainly want to see if we can keep it, we will do that consulting all the confederations and all the participating clubs and take the best decision for football.'
Infantino told delegates from the 211 national associations gathered virtually for FIFA's 70th Congress that the organisation was in good financial health despite the pandemic, 'because the money doesn't disappear any more'.
FIFA has launched a Covid-19 relief plan made up of grants and interest-free loans worth 1.5 billion US dollars.
He said FIFA's murky past and victim status in a number of ongoing corruption cases was the reason why he had on many occasions met with prosecutors from a wide range of countries, including three meetings