Will the Qatar 2022 World Cup be killed by Saudi Arabia, UAE, & Bahrain?

Death by 100 cuts – or more simply close the border?

The five nation “army” that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar has become a very real threat to 2022 FIFA World Cup. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen—have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, cut off all travel to and from the country, and ordered their citizens to leave the country.

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The five counties have accused Qatar of supporting Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, an allegation Qatar denies. Still, this is serious business. Closing the border with Saudi Arabia has shut off the only road route into the country. Air space is also being denied which puts restrictions on Qatar Airways – a FIFA sponsor.

Is the 2022 World Cup now under threat? Yes.

Will this issue be resolved by 2022? Possibly.

FIFA, which is sponsored by Qatar Airways, said the organization “is in regular contact with the Qatar 2022 local organising committee and the supreme committee for delivery & legacy handling matters relating to the 2022 Fifa World Cup.”

Qatar, of course, denies any links to terrorism or militant groups.

“The state of Qatar has been subjected to a campaign of lies that have reached the point of complete fabrication,” announced a statement from its foreign ministry. “It reveals a hidden plan to undermine the state of Qatar.”

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The incident has triggered a response that may have a ripple affect through FIFA and its member federations.

World Cup holders Germany set off the first flare with German FA president, Reinhard Grindel, saying he would raise the issue with his country’s government and UEFA.

“The football community worldwide should agree that … major tournaments should not be played in countries that actively support terror,” Grindel said.

 

 

One comment

  1. John McDermott · · Reply

    You cannot convince me that this didn’t have the prior approval of Trump. All because Qatar won’t jump on his and the Saudi’s anti-Iran bandwagon. Do we seriously believe that Qatar is any worse than those countries which have severed ties? Saudi Arabia? Give me a break. They all play both sides of the street when it comes to the Islamists and the USA. But let’s look on the bright side. If this closes the door on the World Cup in Qatar it wouldn’t exactly be a tragedy for the rest of the world. Hey, I’ll bet China could step in tomorrow. They are buying up FIFA sponsorships as fast as they can(no one else is, so they probably even get a discount…), so a China WC next is a natural, right? Oh boy…FIFA. The names have changed but the story remains the same.

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