By Staff writer
“I can see it happening down the road” World Cup organiser says
The man organising Qatar’s World Cup in 2022 has said that the gas-rich country could buy an English Premier League club in the future.
“‘I can see it happening down the road,” Hassan Al Thawadi said, in comments reported by the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper. “It’s likely. There’s such a passion for football and the Premier League in particular. Everyone on the street has an opinion.”
Qatar, which owns French football giant Paris St-Germain through Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), has previously been linked with Manchester United.
The Daily Mail speculated that London clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham could be on Qatar’s radar.
The Qatar Investment Authority already owns the London 2012 Olympic Village, which is on the same site as West Ham’s new stadium.
Why not do something that would really bind the fans to the new owners and endear themselves with the footballing public? Buy a struggling Championship side (the English league below the Premiership / EPL) and inject money into the team, get a decent manager, expand the stadium and then take them into the Premiership that way? That would create some great PR for Qatar rather than buying a top team EPL and glory hunting.