Some Arab Nations ask FIFA to Replace Qatar as 2022 World Cup Host
Saudi Arabia and five other Arab countries in a letter asked FIFA to replace Qatar as 2022 World Cup Host calling the country as a ‘base of terrorism’ threatening the tournament’s security.
Gianni Infantino the President of International Football Federation told The Local that Saudi Arabia and 5 other Arab courtiers in a letter asked FIFA to cancel the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup bid as the country is the ‘Supporter of terrorism’.
In the report Infantino said that Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, UAE, Bahrein and Egypt pointed out to “Qatar’s Black Record on Terrorism” and asked FIFA to cancel this hosting according to the Article 85 of FIFA Code on the cancelling the World Cup host in case of any emergency.
According to Infantino, the countries have indicated that if FIFA opposes their request they will send a letter to the member countries asking to hold an opinion poll to make a decision on the matter.
In response to our correspondent question on FIFA’s acceptance or rejection, Infantino emphasized on the possibility of accepting this request saying: “FIFA’s mechanisms and regulations are crystal clear, in this case we should look forward to see what will happen on FIFA’s next meeting.”
As Infantino pointed out the replacement of the Word Cup hosting is not unprecedented event as FIFA chose Mexico to host the 13th World Cup as it Originally scheduled to be held in Colombia on 1986.
Infantino also went on to say: The above mentioned countries warned FIFA of the risks threatening fans and football player’s security in a country that is “The base and the castle of Terrorism.”
He also pointed out to the harsh language they’ve in the letter and threatened to boycott the Word Cup if FIFA does not respond positively to their request.
It worth to say that the prospect of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup has been plunged into the most serious doubt after the country’s neighbours broke off diplomatic relations and blockaded its borders. In a culmination of hostilities simmering for years and accusations that Qatar is a major funder of terrorist organizations, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have closed the only land route into the tiny peninsula and refused to allow use of their sea ports or airspace.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international men’s football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Qatar in 2022.