Qatar could be stripped of the 2022 World Cup according to one FIFA official…
Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world football’s governing body FIFA, has claimed Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022.
“I think that at the end of the day the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” Zwanziger said in an interview with Sport Bild Plus.
The former head of the German football federation (DFB) cited high summer temperatures as the reason Qatar would lose the right to host football’s global showpiece.
“As Mr Zwanziger himself says, it’s his personal opinion,” a FIFA spokesman responded to AFP subsidiary SID when asked about the German’s statement.
Zwanziger said: “Doctors say, and I had insisted on this point in the protocol, that they cannot guarantee that a World Cup can be held in summer in these conditions.”
While Qatar has reportedly developed stadium cooling systems, Zwanziger said: “The World Cup involves not only stadiums. There are fans coming from the four corners of the world who will be concerned by the heat”.
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