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UK Government to back 2030 World Cup bid with £2.8m funding

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans to "bring football home" by supporting a joint UK and Ireland bid for the 2030 football World Cup.

UK Government to back 2030 World Cup bid with £2.8m funding

Ahead of his budget statement on Wednesday, chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to announce a £2.8 million fund to go towards a potential bid for the illustrious tournament, known as being one of the biggest in sport.

Prior to the formal bidding process taking place next year, a study is currently under way to determine the feasibility of such a tournament being held in the UK and Ireland.

A joint statement released by the FA and the football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland on Monday evening read: "The football associations and Government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK Government has committed to support a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

"We will continue to undertake feasibility work to assess the viability of a bid before FIFA formally open the process in 2022.

"Staging a FIFA World Cup would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations.

"If a decision is made to bid for the event, we look forward to presenting our hosting proposals to FIFA and the wider global football community."

The 2022 edition of the World Cup is set to take place in Qatar and in 2026, the tournament will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Meanwhile, the FA has claimed that there are no plans to hold extra Euro 2020 games currently, despite Boris Johnson claiming the UK had made offers to UEFA.

As it stands, UEFA are hoping to host the tournament in 12 cities, including the likes of Amsterdam, Baku, Dublin and Rome, as originally planned.

In a statement, the FA said: "UEFA is committed to holding UEFA EURO 2020 across 12 European cities, according to the schedule agreed last summer. There are no other plans being pursued.

"The FA's focus remains on delivering the seven games at Wembley inclusive of both semi-finals and the showpiece final and welcome all efforts being made by government to ensure as many fans can attend."

Author: Jake Wilkin