Will the 2022 World Cup be moved from Qatar? A senior Fifa official thinks so

Qatar will no longer host the 2022 World Cup, according to a senior Fifa official.

Executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said he thinks the World Cup will not be held in Qatar, despite the country’s winning bid.

The scorching temperatures in the desert nation as well as the country’s poor record for the safety of construction workers, lack of footballing history, lack of infrastructure and accusations of bribery and corruption have seen may people call for the event to be relocated.

This is the first time a Fifa official has spoken candidly about the location, with Zwanziger telling German newspaper Bild: “I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar.”

“Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions,” he added.

Fifa has previously said it would move the date of the tournament to the winter months to ensure it can stay in Qatar, however this has provoked opposition from domestic leagues in many countries.

Previously, LondonlovesBusiness.com has written about the shocking conditions for migrant workers in Qatar. This graph shows how many people have already died:

Qatar World Cup graph updated

This week shadow international development secretary Jim Murphy has spoken out about “sub-human conditions” for workers on Qatar’s stadiums. He told the audience at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester the football tournament would be played “on the back of workers’ misery and blood”.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Absolutely disgusting! It should be moved and quick.

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  • In the very least England (if they qualify!) should boycott it if it is not moved.

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