FIFA president Sepp Blatter has changed his mind over the participation of a local team at the Club World Championship in a bid to boost ticket sales after this year’s fan turnout was badly affected by the absence of a Japanese side.

“We have the six champions of the six continents, and in Asia the champion came from Saudi Arabia so for next year, if the Asian champion is still from Western Asia, what shall we do in order to have a local team in the competition?,” Blatter said at a press conference on Friday.

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