Qatar WILL host World Cup
In one of the most drawn out sagas of modern football, the 2022 Qatar World Cup has once again been propelled into the news after a FIFA source reportedly leaked information regarding the host nation.
The unnamed source was speaking after Ethic Investigator Michael Garcia was brought in to investigate the bidding for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
He now claims that even if Mr Garcia believes there was an issue with the voting that nothing can actually be done to take the tournament away. The FIFA source said: “If Garcia finds something which was wrong, the ethics committee has the right to take sanctions.
“But does he have the right to say 'based on what I have found the World Cup should not be played in Qatar?' No, he does not have that right.”
Only FIFA's executive committee, the 25-strong board headed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter which originally chose Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively, can make such a decision.
FIFA's auditor Domenico Scala raised the question of the World Cup decision earlier this year, telling a Swiss newspaper: “Should Qatar demonstrably be seen to have paid bribes in the run-up to the World Cup award then it could possibly be voided. Then the (bidding) process should be repeated.”
Concerns have been raised about a number of issues with the West Asian country, with travel, heat and voting all quizzed in recent months.