Could England Benefit from Qatar Being Stripped of the 2022 World Cup?
Reports have emerged that Qatar could be stripped of the right to host the 2022 World Cup, with England and the USA believed to be on standby.
Controversy clouded the bidding process for the event, with many countries believed to be unhappy at the prospect of playing their matches throughout November and December, causing major disruption to domestic seasons. A number of human rights issues have since emerged, which looks to have put the Gulf State’s hosting duties in doubt. Questionable safety standards and low wages have been uncovered by reporters and this could provoke a rethink by FIFA.
Quotes that suggested the tournament may be in doubt first emerged in the German newspaper, Bild and are believed to have been taken from Saudi Arabian sports minister Turki Al-Sheikh’s Twitter account. Gianni Infantino has been quick to play down these reports and dismissed any notion that Qatar’s hosting responsibilities could be revoked.
England and the USA are believed to the frontrunners should a new host for the 2022 World Cup be required, with both nations boasting a number of suitable venues, all of which would require very few upgrades in the buildup to the event.
Decision to be Made After Russia 2018
FIFA will not be making a decision on the 2022 tournament before Russia 2018 and they don’t wish to overshadow the competition. The event, which gets underway in Moscow on June 14, is set to light up the summer and will be watched by millions of football fans around the world. Here at BettingTop10, we cannot wait for the 2018 World Cup to get started and have created a dedicated page which will provide key team news, fixture lists and live group standings throughout the four weeks.
Many punters are already finalising their ante-post football bets ahead of the tournament, with Germany and Brazil at the top of the outright market, both priced at 5/1, whilst the mercurial Lionel Messi is the 10/1 favourite in the top goalscorer betting.