Japanese still expect FIFA’s meeting to take place in Japan

ZURICH (AP) — The president of the Japanese football association says he still expects FIFA’s next executive committee meeting to take place in Japan, despite a decision by soccer’s ruling body to reconsider its original plan during this week’s session in Zurich.

The meeting had been scheduled for Dec. 17-18 during the Club World Cup in Japan. However, FIFA announced Tuesday that the “place and date” still hadn’t been decided.

JFA President Kuniya Daini told The Associated Press on Wednesday through a translator he “hasn’t heard anything official” about where the event will take place, but expects it to be in Japan.

Hosting the meeting at FIFA in Zurich would significantly diminish the risk of arrests, including of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, amid separate U.S. and Swiss investigations into corruption in world soccer.