UK politicians have been assured the 2030 World Cup bid with Ireland is not "up in smoke" after the Euro 2020 chaos at Wembley.

England have been ordered to play one UEFA competition match behind closed doors, with a further match suspended for two years, in relation to the July 11 disorder surrounding the final.

Questions have been asked about how it will affect any bid for the centenary World Cup.

But the chief operating officer of UK Sport, which is involved in an ongoing feasibility study on whether to bid, said his view was that it had not derailed plans.

Simon Morton told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee: "I was at the match, it was pretty horrific and it was the opposite of what we want big sporting events to feel like.


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"However, I don't think it's reflective of how this country organises sporting events. We have an excellent reputation, not only for hosting brilliant events but also hosting safe and secure events.

"We have to get the balance right here. It was unacceptable, but I think most countries around the world would recognise it is not reflective of what normally happens.

"In respect of the bid, I think the only thing I can say there is the UEFA president (Aleksander Ceferin), who is a key person in respect of the process, has been on the record saying it will have no bearing whatsoever on our bid.

"There are lessons to be learned, the FA has commissioned a review from Baroness Casey. It's very serious. But I do not think it is the bid up in smoke."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged the £2.8m towards the feasibility study earlier this year and said at the time: "We are very keen to bring football home in 2030. I do think it's the right place.

FIFA is expected to outline the bidding regulations for the 2030 World Cup in the second quarter of next year.

The Football Association is reportedly interested in bidding for Euro 2028, but it is understood its priority remains the 2030 feasibility study.