The former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter
Six Arab States demanded that the International football Federation (FIFA) to move the 2022 world Cup from Qatar. On Saturday, July 15, reports The Local, citing the head of FIFA, Gianni Infantino.
He told the newspaper that demand was made by Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. They believe that Qatar is a “supporter of terrorism” is not ready to ensure the safety of fans who will arrive for the tournament. These countries in the case of ignoring of their requirements are ready to boycott the championship.
Infantino noted that the country’s appeal to the 85th article of the FIFA statutes, which refers to “unforeseeable circumstances and force majeure” and which the Executive Committee can cancel or postpone the tournament from Qatar to another country.
Also, the FIFA President pointed out that these countries are willing to conduct a survey among member States of the organization regarding the change of the host country of the tournament.
He recalled that the decision to take away world Cup from Qatar would not be an unprecedented event, because in the 1986 FIFA moved the world Cup from Colombia to Mexico.
5 June Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of destabilizing the political situation in the Arab States and supporting terrorism. The boycott was later joined by Yemen, Libya, Maldives, Mauritius, Mauritania, Union of Comoros. The government of Qatar, all deny the charges and call the isolation an infringement upon the sovereignty of the Emirate.
The right to host the world Cup Qatar received 2 Dec 2010.