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Volume 6 No. 211
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Chinese FA Backs Away From Manager's Claim It Will Bid For 2030 World Cup

China’s national football team Manager Marcello Lippi forced the Chinese FA to "publish an official denial" on Thursday after the Italian revealed in an interview that the country is set to bid for the 2030 World Cup, according to the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Lippi "reflected on his disappointment at missing out on a spot" at the 2018 World Cup in Russia before revealing that plans were "already in place for the country to launch a bid to bring the quadrennial tournament to China for the first time" in '30. The news "came as a surprise" as Chinese officials have "so far resisted calls" to comment on whether the country will "look to host" the '30 edition of the tournament, as "many analysts have predicted." The CFA "moved quickly to quash talk" of an imminent bid for the '30 tournament. A CFA statement said, "We reiterate that the FA did not say which World Cup it will bid for. This kind of information is not officially confirmed and is the media's interpretations" (SCMP, 11/16).