FIFA president Sepp Blatter remains confident that the 2010 World Cup will go ahead as planned in South Africa even though contingency plans have been made in the event of a last-minute switch.
“It will take place in South Africa…I have no doubts. The plan B is South Africa, plan C is South Africa,” Blatter told journalists.
“It would be a bad organiser who did not have a reserve for a crisis. It is necessary to know there are countries able to put on the World Cup…without two or three years for preparation,” he said.
Blatter told BBC television on Monday that the United States, Japan, Spain, England and Mexico were possible back-ups should South Africa be unavailable to host the finals.
“They will need time when we are already in a time constraint in South Africa so to start again in a country that is not fully equipped now would be difficult,” he said in answer to a question.
South Africa is renovating or building 10 stadiums for the World Cup and has repeatedly insisted that it would be ready for the 2010 kick-off.