Hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is in the news, again, as the tournament is reportedly under scrutiny and could be scrapped.
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FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger has been quoted as saying that “the World Cup 2022 will not take place in Qatar” by German newspaper Bild. The former president of the German Football Federation has made it clear that the tournament is in real jeopardy of taking place.
Citing the growing concerns over the hot climate in the desert nation, Zwanziger went on to give reasons for his comments.
“Medics say they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions,” Zwanziger said. “Fans from around the world will be coming and travelling in this heat and the first life-threatening case will trigger an investigation by a state prosecutor. That is not something that Fifa Exco members want to answer for.”
So, what do you guys make of that?
After so much uproar about hosting the World Cup in Qatar from the alleged corruption in the biding process, details of migrant workers being in danger and the need to switch the tournament to the winter months, these latest comments will only add further fuel to the fire. Officials in Qatar have already hit back and state it is a question of “when not if” the tournament takes place.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has previously stated that awarding the World Cup to Qatar was “a mistake” and it seems as though one of his executive members has lifted the lid on how worlds soccer’s governing body really feels abut hosting the tournament in the Middle Eastern nation. A decision will be made in March 2015 as to when the World Cup will take place, with either November or January the most viable options due to the 120 degrees plus temperatures.
However after these latest comments, will the decision next March be about if the tournament will take place in Qatar at all?