There are a number of obstacles lying ahead for the 2018 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup is on the horizon and national teams are preparing themselves in order to qualify for this approaching competition.

There are however, various issues that need to be solved before this event can take place and kick-off in full force.

One of the problems that has recently popped up is in relation to a stadium dispute that is going on which has halted construction of a stadium that is going to be playing a key role in the 2018 edition of the World Cup.

A few days ago, the Sports Minister of Russia VitalyMutko has revealed information concerning a dispute involving a contractual disagreement between local authorities and the firm that has been overseeing the construction.

This stadium is being constructed in Saint Petersburg and it’s expected to be used as host for 7 World Cup games for the 2018 edition of the competition. This is also the stadium that is going to serve as host for a number of upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup matches which are going to kick off on June of 2017.

“We’re seriously concerned with the construction of the stadium in Saint Petersburg. In October we will visit Saint Petersburg together with FIFA representative to finalize the decision,” Russia’s VitalyMutko said.

If this dispute continues preventing the construction from developing then it might force FIFA on having to change the host venue for the upcoming Confederation Cup games that were going to be played in the stadium which is being constructed in Saint Petersburg.

It was initially expected that the stadium would be completed by December of 2016 but with these recent issues that have been emerging, it might take a longer time to complete and the deadline might not be reached in time.