Qatar Could Be Stripped of the Right to Host 2022 World Cup

Qatar football team

Qatar football team

Reports have emerged that Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup is in jeopardy following a number of reports in a German newspaper.

Bild published an article which lifted a series of quotes believed to have been taken from the social media account of Saudi Arabian sports minister Turki Al-Sheikh. He suggested that the Government “…must accept the consequences of their actions…” should FIFA decide to take a stand. A number of human rights are believed to have been breached during the construction of the stadia alongside concerns about low wages and unsuitable working conditions.

The awarding of the 2022 to Qatar wasn’t a unanimously popular decision and there were a number of objections registered about the Gulf State’s suitability to stage a major tournament. Concerns included the event interrupting the regular European season and the lack of suitable stadiums in place. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been very quick to play down the reports suggesting that everything is on track.

England and the USA are two of the countries reportedly on standby should FIFA opt to revoke Qatar’s right to host the tournament.

No Decision until After Russia 2018

A decision is not expected until after Russia 2018 as FIFA do not wish to overshadow the forthcoming tournament. Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium plays host to the opening game of the competition as Russia face Saudi Arabia on June 14th. Punters are already exploring the huge variety of different football betting markets available with online Irish bookmakers including outright winners, top goalscorer and team to score the most goals.

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