The world football governing body Fifa will consider a joint bid to stage the 2018 World Cup by the Netherlands and Belgium after all.
The Netherlands and Belgium have assured Fifa the event would be run by a single organising committee, forcing a rethink.
Earlier this year Fifa president Sepp Blatter appeared to rule out a joint bid. The 2002 joint Japan South Korea event was widely regarded as a headache for Fifa.
‘After the World Cup 2002, the executive committee took a decision: never again a double candidature because it was completely wrong,’ Blatter said.
But the Dutch Belgian bid would be accepted because ‘we have evidence there is only one organising committee,’ Blatter said.
The Netherlands and Belgium co-hosted the 2000 European football championship which was considered a success.
At least 10 other countries are also considering bidding to stage the 2018 or 2022 games.
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