Saudi Arabia recently demanded that FIFA drop Qatar from the 2022 World Cup. The demand came amidst accusations of vote buying during the nomination process in 2010.
Apparently, Saudi Arabia’s sports minister Turki Al Sheikh is insisting that vote-buying in the lead-up to the 2010 vote should nullify FIFA’s decision. He said FIFA will make a final call on the matter next summer.
A publication of Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way, a book by former Football Federation of Australia’s head of corporate and public affairs, Bonita Mersiades, brought the issue to the surface once again.
In the book Mersiades writes, “So many things I knew, had observed, heard, and read led me to the inevitable conclusion that hosting the World Cup would never be earned on merit,” “[The book] doesn’t attempt to be a comprehensive account of the activities of other bidders during the bid process… but it opens the window to how the ‘FIFA Way’ operated.”
Qatar has had sour diplomatic relations with other GCC nations in the past few years. Back in October, Dubai’s head of security, lieutenant general Dhahi Khalfan claimed that the current diplomatic crisis in the Gulf would end should Qatar surrender the tournament
England and the United States are reportedly being lined up as alternative venues for the tournament.
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