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FIFA must scrap Qatar World Cup before it's too late

The decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup was a strange decision at the time and nearly two years on it is still baffling.

It has been suggested that the committee that decided the hosts did not realise that Qatar was hot in the summer, despite FIFA’s report from their visit to the country labeling the temperatures ‘dangerous’.

It is frankly ludicrous to ever have considered Qatar to host the biggest football tournament in the World. I still have the feeling that common sense will prevail and the tournament will be given to another country to host.

During the bidding process Qatar fought off competition from Australia, USA, South Korea and Japan. Each one of these countries would have been a much more suitable selection as host.

All four could even host a World Cup next week as they all have the infrastructure in place. Apart from the issues of extreme temperatures there are so many other issues with hosting a World Cup in Qatar.

There has been a lot of criticism about the workers who will be building the venues reports of poor working conditions, pay and violations of human rights were all highlighted in the run up to the decision.

We will see this issues brought into the public eye, as we get closer to the tournament. In the last week Uefa have backed the World Cup to be held in the winter to combat against the weather.

This will cause even more problems because Europe’s domestic leagues will have to stop playing in order top play in the World Cup and then restart after, it is a recipe for disaster and will have a knock on effects for the seasons following.

Overall I think it was a poorly made decision and one that could have been solved by selecting one of the other candidates, I’m sure we wouldn’t be having any of these discussions if the USA was chosen.

We must hope that FIFA come to some sense and ensure that we don’t have a disaster of a World Cup in Qatar.

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