Qatar 2022 World Cup: The bet of miracles or real powers?

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An envelope opened in the evening of December 02, 2010 changes the habits of the great gold trophy. Qatar is therefore designated as the next host of the 22nd edition of the football World Cup. Yes, you read that right, we will now put the right marks to cook in the desert or rather in the new paradise of lux. Since this award, the controversies are incessant around this edition of the World Cup entrusted to QATAR. Suspicion of corruption, extreme heat, human rights violated…

While the opening of the World Cup will take place in a year pile, back on the questions and scandals that still surround the competition.

Why QATAR?

Non-existing local football, fan culture quite far from the habit of true football lovers and especially extreme heat, QATAR was by far the ideal country to host the World Cup.

The former president of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Sepp Blatter, 85, assured in an interview with the newspaper Le Monde that, “without the intervention at the last moment of [Nicolas] Sarkozy on [Michel] Platini, Qatar would never have had the World Cup”.   According to the words of the former president of the major federation of world football, out of the five (05) potential candidates for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar’s chances were almost nil. “I am disappointed that it is Qatar that comes out. But I expected it, given the latest developments, including the fact that I was warned by Michel Platini [then president of UEFA] that I could no longer count on him and three of his companions regarding the gentlemen’s agreement that we had and under which the 2018 World Cup would go to Russia and the 2022 edition to the United States,” said the former FIFA president.

According to the English newspaper “The Sunday Times”, the choice of Qatar is purely the result of corruption within the international football confederation. The review points out that bribes were paid by the host of the 2022 World Cup to several leaders of football federations, especially in Africa and Asia, to influence their choices. These revelations confirm the internal email of FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke. In this email, revealed by the REUTERS agency, the former right-hand man of the president of FIFA maintains that the Qataris “bought the World Cup”.  

FIFA, to claim his innocence, recalls his “status as a victim” in the context of the proceedings initiated by the American justice while indicating that its ethics committee “has    already imposed sanctions, including suspensions for life, on the officials mentioned” in the indictment.

In November 2014, Germany’s Hans-Joachim Eckert, co-chair of FIFA’s ethics committee, said that  “dubious”  behavior could not be described as corruption.

The lawyer was based on the voluminous investigation report (400 pages) made by the former US prosecutor Michael Garcia, long kept secret, then published by FIFA in 2017. In December 2014, Garcia resigned, saying Eckert had made an incomplete and erroneous presentation of the facts and conclusions detailed in the report. »

On the sidelines of questions related to the clarity of the FIFA election, various controversies have arisen over the human and climatic conditions prevailing in Qatar.

Should goals be celebrated on human graves?

To set up all its infrastructure, Qatar has relied on migrant workers, who represent more than 90% of its population. With the temperature exceeding 45 degrees and in conditions described by many NGOs as modern slavery, foreign workers work at the risk of losing their lives. It is difficult to quantify precisely the number of immigrant workers who have died. According to Amnesty International, the Qatari authorities are opaque and refuse to investigate the matter objectively.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), at least 50 of them lost their lives on The World Cup construction sites in 2020 alone and more than 37,000 were injured. In a survey published in February, the Guardian went much further, claiming that more than 6,500 foreign workers have died in the past decade to allow the competition to take place.

In recent months, several countries have put pressure on Qatar. Before their first match of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, the German and Norwegian players had displayed themselves with jerseys marked “human rights”, in reference to the accusations hovering over the construction sites of the stadiums of the competition.

The first World Cup in winter

On the sidelines of its power to transfer the prestigious competition to the desert, Qatar managed to convince FIFA to organize the World Cup matches in winter. At a press conference in Moscow, Gianni Infantino, the current FIFA President, confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will be played well in winter, from Monday 21 November to 18 December 2022.

This new calendar therefore changes the program of many European championships and especially that of the prestigious Champions League. Even though the European Football Confederation, UEFA, has demanded a new calendar of championships, FIFA risks paying heavy tributes in the event of a decision to leave during the World Cup period to compensate for the loss of audience and advertising coverage costs.  

Despite the various accusations 10 about the organization of the next World Cup, Qatar is well on its way to the challenge of a rather original and daring World Cup.

While waiting for the next qualifiers from the play-off matches, all eyes are on the new real estate paradise of the East.

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