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Was the World Cup in Qatar 2022 the worst idea ever?

by | 27th, September 2013


FOR years, the World Cup was just a really cool event everyone looked forward to. Venues switched between countries famed for football and those that loved the sport, but weren’t very good at it. Mexico made sense, twice. Italy, Brazil, Argentina and France were great hosts. Then, in 1994, the USA World Cup ushered in the idea of hosting the tournament in countries that were ‘developing’, footballing-wise.

Fast-forward to 2013 and we’ve had Japan/South Korea and South Africa, which varied in quality… but both are saintly compared to the impending Qatar 2022 tournament, which looks for all the world like the worst idea in footballing history.

Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup have been dogged by controversy. Today, there have been numerous reports regarding scores of workers dying while building stadia and other key facilities. Basically, it looks like Qatar’s World Cup is being built by slaves.

Drinking water was restricted on some sites, in temperatures that hit 50C, and labourers from Nepal went without pay for months, or worse, forced to work for free. Some workers had their passports confiscated, which meant they were trapped by gangmasters.

According to sources, 600 workers could be dead by the end of the year should this continue. If things don’t change, by 2022, the death toll could be in the thousands (but the recent discovery should see to that).

Fifa have said it was “very concerned” by the findings with Sepp Blatter saying: “Fifa is very concerned about the reports presented by the media regarding labour rights abuses and the conditions for construction workers in projects at Lusail City, Qatar. Fifa will again get in contact with the Qatari authorities and the matter will also be discussed at the executive committee meeting.”

However, this rings hollow. Since the successful bid, there have been allegations of bribery with Fifa opening an internal inquiry into the matter. Mohammed bin Hammam, a key player in the Qatari bid, withdrew as a

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