Qatar’s candidacy for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 has sparked a lot of debate in the Arab country.
Let’s look at how corruption, cultural concerns, and political issues have contributed to it becoming the most controversial World Cup ever.
Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup has sparked a number of questions and debates over the country’s viability as a host country and the fairness of the FIFA bidding process. Qatar’s difficulties have been highlighted by a variety of media sources and human rights organizations.
There have been multiple claims of bribery between the Qatar bid committee and FIFA members and executives, and elite teams are reportedly refusing to train in Qatar because of the strong tensions surrounding the Arab country.
Slavery allegations, migrant workers, and fatalities
The treatment of employees recruited to build the infrastructure was one of the most talked-about topics throughout the Qatar World Cup.
The Kafala system, according to Human Rights Watch and the International Trade Union Confederation, exposes migrant workers to systematic abuse.
On construction sites in Qatar’s 2022 World Cup city, they have lost almost 900 people.
Without the authorization of their sponsor, workers are unable to change occupations or even leave the country.
Workers were forced to sign fraudulent affidavits indicating they had received their wages in order to retrieve their passports, according to Amnesty International in November 2013.
In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal. It’s possible that the punishment will be as severe as the death penalty.
Despite criminalizing homosexuality, Qatar has given the strongest signal yet that LGBT fans will be welcomed, connecting with gay supporters as it hosts the Club World Cup.
According to persons briefed on the discussion, organizers of the 2022 World Cup traveled to the United Kingdom in recent months to meet with Liverpool fan clubs, including the club’s LGBT supporters’ group.
Mohammed bin Hammam and Jake Warner
Due to the likelihood that Qatar had “purchased” the 2022 World Cup through bribery by Mohammed bin Hammam, the email of FIFA’s then vice-president, Jack Warner, was made public in 2011. At the time, Hammam was the head of the Asian Football Confederation.
A corporation tied to Qatar’s successful campaign allegedly paid committee member Jack Warner and his family over $2 million in March 2014. The FBI is examining Warner and his potential ties to the Qatari bid, according to a newspaper located in the United States.
On June 1, 2014, news media claimed to have uncovered evidence, including e-mails, letters, and bank transactions, claiming that Bin Hammam had paid more than $5 million to FIFA officials to assist Qatar’s candidacy. All those suspected of taking bribes, including Bin Hamman, have disputed the allegations.
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After US drone operations in Iraq killed Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani, huge tensions have erupted throughout the Arab world. Iran’s reply has only poured fuel into the already smoldering fire.
Examining the situation
The United States national team and Manchester United have canceled their plans to establish a training camp in Qatar.
Qatar is now concerned that if the tensions do not subside, it would negatively affect the upcoming World Cup. They are concerned that countries would withdraw from the matches due to security worries.
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