AP Source: FIFA talks with Qatar on easing vaccine mandate

FIFA is in talks with Qatari authorities about scrapping the mandatory vaccination requirements for the World Cup

FIFA and Qatari officials are discussing the possibility that fans, players and officials will be able to provide proof of having recovered from COVID-19 or produce negative tests, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing discussions.

Qatar World Cup organizers and the Qatari government did not respond to a request for comment.

The first indication of a relaxation of Qatar's vaccine requirements could come when FIFA releases the tournament regulations in the coming weeks for the Arab Cup. The 16-team tournament from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18 is being used as a test event for World Cup venues.

For the first time on Sunday, FIFA offered direct encouragement for footballers to get vaccinated.

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