FIFA president Sepp Blatter is set to postpone the Under-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates because of the possibility of war in Iraq, according to a FIFA official.

Blatter is scheduled to meet a delegation from the UAE later this week when he was expected to make a final decision on the tournament due to be commence on March 25.

“It’s even more likely as the United States, England and Spain are qualified and might not play if there is a conflict in Iraq,” an unnamed FIFA official said.

Earlier, UAE officials claimed the tournament would go ahead as scheduled. However, given the threat of war, it now looks like a postponment is likely with the competition rescheduled for later in the year.