Caption- FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at press conference. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

FIFA president Gianni Infantino does not believe that the diplomatic crisis which has embroiled 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar will threaten its staging of the tournament, he said on Sunday.

In an interview published in Swiss newspapers Le Matin Dimanche and Sonntagszeitung, the head of the global football body said he expected the diplomatic situation to be back to normal by the time the tournament is played in five-and-a-half years’ time.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut links with Qatar last Monday, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar says the allegations are based on lies.

Infantino said that FIFA was watching the situation and was in regular contact with the Qatari authorities.