Qatar Investigation Could Strip Country As World Cup Host
FIFA is launching an investigation into Qatar as hosts of the 2022 World Cup. The goal of the investigation will be to determine if Qatar was awarded hosting rights due to bribery or political influence, which could lead to the country losing its place as host.
The investigation is being led by FIFA lawyer Michael Garcia, who responded to “allegations of wrongdoing” by multiple groups in choosing a host for the 2022 World Cup. According to preliminary reports, influencers were allegedly paid millions to support Qatar as hosts for the international football tournament.
The damning allegations could lead to Qatar losing its title as World Cup host. Jim Boyce, a FIFA Vice President, believes Garcia should be given sufficient time and resources to conduct the corruption investigation thoroughly.
However, Boyce says if there is evidence Qatar was awarded its mantle as host illegally, he will support a new vote to find a new host in 2022.
“If Garcia comes up with concrete evidence – and concrete evidence is given to the executive committee and to FIFA – then it has to be looked at very seriously.”
One of the crucial players in the investigation is a man named Mohammed Bin Hammam, who is alleged by FIFA to have illegally paid influencers in Africa to support Qatar as World Cup hosts. Qatar’s bidding committee denies any connections to Bin Hammam, and officials say they will cooperate fully with Garcia throughout the investigation.
Qatar defeated many other countries for the 2022 hosting rights, including Australia and Japan. Both countries say they will resubmit their bids to host the 2022 World Cup if evidence is uncovered proving Qatar was illegally granted the title as host.
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