Ticket sales for 2022 World Cup set to begin in January

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FILE – In this July 13, 2014 fiel photo German players hold up the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. France and Germany usually tussle in the latter stages of major tournaments. The heavyweights meet in the group stage of a European Championship or World Cup for the first time on Tuesday when they finally open their Euro 2020 campaigns. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

FIFA is preparing to start selling tickets for the 2022 World Cup in January while still trying to find out more on Qatar’s plan to make coronavirus vaccines mandatory for spectators.

World football’s governing body became aware of the vaccination requirement only when it was announced last weekend to state media by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.

FIFA would not say if it agrees with the plan or discuss the logistics behind checking the vaccination status of thousands of visiting fans.

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