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Should the World Cup be held in Qatar in 2022?

Qatar is hosting the football World Cup in 2022 but ever since it was awarded the prestigious event there has been controversy surrounding the decision.

Many have said that the summer temperatures in Qatar which can easy exceed 40°C degrees are far to hot to play in and may endanger players lives. The organisers have said they are building football stadiums that will have air conditioning and keep the temperatures a lot lower.

Apparently FIFA ignored serious concerns over the heat in Qatar, in handing the World Cup to the tiny Middle East country in December 2010.

Now some of the main members of FIFA have met in Doha, Qatar to discuss switching the tournament to November when the temperatures are lower at about 25ºC which is still hot but cooler than summer. Football bosses in the UK bitterly oppose the World Cup being held in November as it will disrupt the Premier League , FA cup games and League and cup competitions in Scotland.  The final could be as late as 23rd December.

What are your views?  What do you think about the controversial decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar in the first place? Should the decision be reversed? Which country would make a better host?

Should the World Cup be held in Qatar in 2022?

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Speeednet
6th Feb 2017
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They would have no problem holding the final on 25th December after all Christmas is only a Christian holiday, and money trumps everything else, certainly where FIFA are concerned. Who knows maybe they will make homosexuality legal by then and gays will not be thrown off rooftops, but remember girls if you are going, make sure to get the written permission from your husband or father.
Barbara58
1st Apr 2016
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Forgot to mention to the female fans - you'd better get shopping for your Abaya and Headscarf!
There are lots of lovely designs and you can have any colour as long as it's BLACK - thanks Henry Ford!!!!!!
The religious police will be happy to take you to a little room if you breach the female dress code, that's if they haven't decided just to whack you with their sticks.
And, make sure you stand at the back of a lift. That's so you don't allow a man to look at your derriere! True!!!
Order your food before prayer times or you'll have to wait until it's over!
Finally, if it's Ramadan during the world cup you won't be allowed to eat or drink in public, which includes NO sucking on ice cubes at the hotel swimming pool bar, if it's open for use at all.
Have fun!
Barbara58
1st Apr 2016
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Qatar is not only hot and humid IT'S A DRY STATE!!!!!
Alcohol - NIL
Water - 1

And, in case any footie fans are thinking of trying to beat the system. you won't be able to buy alcohol at the airport and your bags will be scanned on arrival to look for 'liquids'!
silver essex
18th Jul 2015
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Being football fan it was fiddle just to give Sep Blatter more
money it should have never being in first place it was a con,
suuzzi
8th Jun 2015
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Obviously a rigged vote & much too hot for football
anniemak
8th Jun 2015
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Apart from the heat issue civil rights and corruption are major concerns. Of course it could be a lifeline for the poorer and young of Qatar but don't think they will benefit as the corruption is too rife unfortunately
Samwise
4th Jun 2015
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... and it shouldn't be in Russia either
chaseroamer
3rd Jun 2015
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Qatar is much too hot and could cause serious health problems.
Munsterlander
2nd Jun 2015
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I hear what most people are saying, however in the bigger picture is it right that The Middle East always misses out?

Could this be a moment in time to bring the area some good news? The youth of the Middle East need some inspiration, how would it look if the World Cup was taken back?
Larger
29th May 2015
4
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Qatar....No, Russia....No.
Corruption in one , Civil Rights and Hypocrisy in the other.
As someone has said Qatar has no history of being a Soccer nation, but they have the money and money talks in FIFA.
And Putin will turn a deaf ear to anyone no matter what other nation think.
willow35
29th May 2015
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Due to the fact of the latest corruption and fraud going on at the moment I believe all sponsors should withdraw all their sponsorship and the whole kit and kaboodle will collapse.
stevew
29th May 2015
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There are no good reasons for this venue even without the corruption allegations.
With those allegations now in play, the negatives re human rights, cheap imported labour, climate, the absence of a football culture & history are all even more obvious reasons for a rethink.
trekkiesue
29th May 2015
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This lot would make Al Capone proud!
sevy
29th May 2015
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How on earth can Blatta keep his job, when all his cronies are being arrested around him, there is no way the world cup venue was awarded on a fair and legitimate vote, FIFA is possibly more corrupt than the mafia
Philip PM
29th May 2015
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I'm not a natural soccer supporter (rugby union is my game), but I think the level of endemic corruption in Fifa has reached such a level that drastic measures are needed to restore public confidence. It seems to be the end of the road for Blatter and his cronies, and all credit to the US authorities for blowing the whistle, as it was apparent that no other football body or government had the courage to face up to the task.

Corruption is corruption, wherever and by whomever it may be practised. If Blatter refuses to go, then Uefa and British football authorities should abandon Fifa and set up a new international organisation.

In any event and given the level of hubris over Qatar and Russia too, it would be sensible to rerun the bidding competition for these two events, no matter what rhetoric is thrown at us by Putin and other interested parties. No comment to offer on where they should be played.
sydneyjohnson46
29th May 2015
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FIFA what are they doing to are game with there greed!! Play the world cup were it was born in England!!!
Barbara58
29th May 2015
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I agree with the majority that Qatar is the wrong venue, but not just for the reasons most cite - corruption and temperature.

Whilst I loathe people using football matches as an excuse to drink to excess Qatar is a DRY country.

There will be absolutely ZERO access to alcohol and anyone attempting to break this law by bringing it in faces very stiff penalties including public flogging and prison. Alcohol won't be sold at UK duty free shops if you hold a boarding card to a dry Country, nor from aircraft duty free bars.

Public eating and drinking aren't allowed either.

Dress code is strict, so there will be no tolerance of shorts and tee shirts - and heaven forbid if a woman dresses inappropriately.

No, Qatar is wrong wrong wrong!
Theoldgirl
29th May 2015
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I don't think it should be played. The players want to be at home for Christmas,
Mrsmollywobbles
29th May 2015
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Certainly not! I thought it was ridiculous even before all this evidence of corruption. If Qatar keep it we are effectively saying to FIFA "carry on as you are, so what if you're corrupt".
minniecooper55
29th May 2015
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In light of the arrests and corruption - definitely no. I think it should be cancelled for 2022 and FIFA completely reorganise the whole thing. Proof of the corruption is surely the fact that Sepp Blatter is being re-elected as I write this. 17 years of corruption and he says he can't watch everyone. That's your job you stupid man! Latest quote:
"Sepp Blatter says ahead of election 'you can’t ask everyone to behave ethically just like that'"

YES YOU CAN!
rosie49
29th May 2015
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It was voted in corruptly and why should all our league football have to be adjusted for this.
Ridiculous
shunter
29th May 2015
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No way Shape form or fashion Should this tournament be carried out in this country, The "right" to do so was obtained through "Under the counter means" these being Massive Palm Greasings ( And I don't mean the trees) The young people of the world use this game & therefore its organisers as role models/heros & it doesn't g ive them much encouragement to be honest when these organisers are "on the fiddle " to the extent that they are! Hopefully FIFA & its co-horts will soon get sorted out
Mrsmollywobbles
28th May 2015
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It was obtained by dubious means
Notdeadyet
10th May 2015
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I believe there are strong suspicions that the decision to award the competition to Qatar was not fair and above board, that there may have been bribery, etc., so for that reason alone it is wrong. The weather there is also another major factor - far too hot for 90 minutes of hard work in the open in summer. Sporting contests on the whole are not played in the worst of the weather in cold climate countries unless they are winter sports, so they should not be played in the worst of the weather in hot climate countries.
celtwitch
10th Apr 2015
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Qatar is a major financier for muslim terrorism, and that should be enough to ensure they are never allowed to host any sporting event, ever.
Add to that the intense heat, that players from north European countries will never have experienced, the draconian penalties for any fan who does something silly while under the influence of alcohol, morality police patrols who pounce on any westerners in short skirts, holding hands or snogging in public and you have every reason to stay away.
petegeoff
27th Mar 2015
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Corupt and rotten to the core all of it.
geeljay
12th Mar 2015
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It seems a perverse decision to have selected this location in the first place. Especially in view of the alleged corruption surrounding the decision. The climate in the region is extreme to say the least, and the quality of the games played will suffer.
Robert2706
7th Mar 2015
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No way. It has not been properly thought out by FIFA as to the impact on UK and european leagues. I am not sure about when other continents play there league football so a winter event may not have such an impact.

However the apparent corruptness of the selection method is to me too real and needs to be resolved before any more decisions are made for future events.
Stokie Dokie
6th Mar 2015
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Certainly not, the vote was obviously corrupt with brown envelopes galore, Would mind taking a look at Sepp Blatters bank account.
countrylass
2nd Mar 2015
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Health and safety issues have been ignored in the building of stadiums etc. and it's way too hot there for football. Seth Blatter is totally corrupt and should be removed. They've got money...but what else???
fhsgb
2nd Mar 2015
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It will not affect us,as it is extremely unlikely, the England Football Team,will reach the final
rosie49
29th May 2015
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Omg how negative can you be!!show some support for your country! !!
Archiebald
2nd Mar 2015
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Grandma1
28th Feb 2015
4
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Corruption controlled and won the vote for Qatar! It should never have happened. However as a totally new build is taking place to house the matches why couldn't they, being the richest country, create stadiums with climate control?
Niikwei
26th Feb 2015
4
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YES.I don't see why not.This country is a member of FIFA.No country on this earth has any control over its climate.In every sphere of life you have to take both the rough with the smooth.For example in Europe. within the same day you can have snow,rain and sunshine.
HJR58
26th Feb 2015
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It seems unfair to me that they can change the timing after they won the bid. The whole thing had a bad smell...
mick2e1hzm
24th Feb 2015
4
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Will FIFA compensate clubs that lose money because team players are in Qatar
Baxi
24th Feb 2015
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It's totally rediculous and typical of the nonsense and corruption going on in football. FIFA just go where the money is, the rest of the population in Qatar will only be involved from the perspective of building the stadium.

Why should a global sport be disrupted to accommodate an unsuitable climate. It would be the same as saying "Ooooo let's have the ski world championships on Box Hill in Surrey. Oh yes, we may need to build a few more mountains there and create a load of snow, but hey, that's fine we just want to be inclusive."
Archiebald
24th Feb 2015
3
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Yes I think they have started so let them run it. Qatar does have the money to develop the stadiums and should put on a good show. I read that when the World Cup is finished Qatar is going to dismantle all the stadiums and give them to African nations-notwsure if its true but a good idea
Munsterlander
24th Feb 2015
5
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Yes, Qatar should hold the world cup. Sport has a great way of bringing people together and it would be totally unfair for the Middle East not to host the Cup, when every other continent has ( apart from Antarctica).
As for the heat, to be fair the stadiums are going to be air conditioned and what about the Mexico & USA & Brazilian World cups, they where all played in around 40 degree temperatures.

Plus, Qatar is 3 hours ahead of us time wise. So for the evening games, if we ask nicely, the Government might extend the opening hours of the pubs!
Peter
24th Feb 2015
4
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Awarding the world cup to Qatar is a total nonsense and the FIFA decision making process and secret voting process for the 2018 and 2022 has been shown to be totally corrupt.

Sept Blatter and his unaccountable cronies should be made to sit outside in the heat for three hours without air-con in the middle of summer in Qatar to experience the uncomfortable and potentially life threatening conditions that the fans would have to face if the tournament was held in the summer as FIFA originally planned.

To then have to backtrack and move the tournament to November causing massive upheaval for all of the domestic competitions is ridiculous and shows them to be totally idiotic and incompetent.

Blatter should be forcibly removed and the vote should be carried out again in a transparent way so the tournament can be held in a country that actually meets the tournament requirements.

It is staggering that they are being allowed to get away with this and that Blatter will likely be elected again for yet another term in office.
MrFred
24th Feb 2015
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I don't agree with the high levels of corruption in FIFA, but I do think any participating country should have a fair chance to host the event. As long as there's no uncontrollable risk to the health of players and fans, they should have a chance to host this global event.
Jo Kingham
24th Feb 2015
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No. Bonkers decision from the offset - 40 degrees is hard enough to function normally in let alone play top level sport. Would love to see us host it - after all we did a sterling job with the Olympics
Wilf
24th Feb 2015
6
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London was best Olympics ever!
Wilf
24th Feb 2015
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Yes I think it should be as it has never been held in the Middle East before and its a great way to spread the love of football. I am not sure about some of the conditions that workers have to endure building these stadiums and hotels which is a disgrace and someone in Qatar in authority needs to sort this out quickly. I saw it on BBC news the other night and you would not want your pets to live in some of the dormitories.

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