Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted football’s governing body has contingency plans if South Africa cannot host the World Cup in 2010.
South Africa’s preparations have been hampered by delays and there are fears its stadiums will not be ready in time.
“Other countries are ready to organise the World Cup”, Blatter told BBC One’s new Inside Sport programme.
Blatter cited a list of countries including England, United States, Mexico, Japan and Spain ho could step in should the problems in South Africa prove insurmounatble.
“Definitely we have a possibility to go somewhere else if something happens,” said Blatter.
“Something can happen. It is a natural catastrophe or whatever, a big change in society – everybody against football. But then for the time being the plan B is South Africa and the plan C we definitely must have a possibility to go somewhere else.”
Last year, Blatter revealed concerns at theslow progress being made at 10 South African stadiums that are scheduled to host games in the World Cup.
And in December South African President Thabo Mbkei was forced to deny creports that FIFA was considering relocating the finals.