The World Cup in Qatar will kick off a day earlier than planned if FIFA’s ruling parties agree to a plan to hold the opening ceremony and the host country’s first match on Sunday 20 November, sources close to the discussion said. told Reuters.
The opening ceremony was scheduled to be held before the match against Ecuador on November 21, but it was an unusual situation with two games before the opening ceremony.
The ceremony usually takes place before kickoff of the first game of the tournament.
The Group A match between Senegal and the Netherlands and the Group B match between England and Iran were scheduled to take place before Monday’s ceremony.
The plan, which requires a vote by representatives of FIFA’s six regional confederations and president Gianni Infantino, is expected to gain support despite the late notice.
By switching to the opening ceremony and match on 20 November, the match between Senegal and the Netherlands, scheduled for 21 November at 1300 local time, can kick off later in the day. Matches also include USA v Wales, but are unaffected.
Another source close to the proposal said the switch could be confirmed as early as Thursday, and the plan was to save fans from having to pay for flight or accommodation changes.
“The financial impact on fans has been assessed and the additional costs for fans are to be borne by the organizers, but it is unclear who will bear these costs. FIFA, Qatar’s deliveries and legacy Supreme Committee, or other body, for the Origins.
“We have assurances from the organizers that they will not cover any additional costs for fans to change their travel bookings or accommodations, and this will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis,” the source added.
It was not clear what the mechanism governing compensation for fans would be.
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