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FIFA issue statement on 100 minute matches after radical Qatar World Cup claim

A report earlier on Wednesday claimed the governing body were considering a controversial change for the November tournament



FIFA have denied they have plans to introduce 100 minute matches at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.


A report emerged on Wednesday claiming world football's governing body was considering the drastic change for the showpiece event later this year.


Corriere dello Sport claimed the idea had come directly from FIFA chief Gianni Infantino but that any proposal would need to seek IFAB approval.


The tournament kicks off in November with Scotland still in the running to qualify via the play-offs.


But hours after the claims over extended playing time emerged, FIFA have moved to shoot it down.



A statement said: "Following some reports and rumours spread today, FIFA would like to clarify that there will be no changes to the rules regarding the length of football matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 or any other competition."


Scotland are still scheduled to face Ukraine in the play-off semi-final and would then square off against Wales for a place in the group stage.


Should Steve Clarke 's side go all the way to the tournament, they would face England, Iran and the USA in the group stage.