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Qatar should be stripped of World Cup, says FIFA's Zwanziger

Outgoing FIFA Executive Committee member says mistake of awarding 2022 tournament should be rectified

Qatar should be stripped of World Cup, says FIFA's Zwanziger
Theo Zwanziger, the former president of the German football association (DFB). (Getty Images)

Qatar should be stripped of the 2022 World Cup in order to rectify the mistake of awarding them the world's biggest single sports event, outgoing FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Tuesday.

Zwanziger, the former boss of Germany's football association (DFB), said that could happen, however, only if a report into how the World Cup was awarded offers details of specific wrongdoing.

"The best solution would be not to play in Qatar and to rectify this wrong awarding," he told Bayern 2 radio station.

"But that can only happen if the report provides sufficient clues that the awarding broke FIFA ethics rules," he said.

FIFA has been plagued by a wave of scandals and controversy, ranging from allegations of corruption in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding processes to a row over $25,000 watches given as gifts to executive committee members at the World Cup in Brazil.

Former US attorney Michael Garcia who investigated the claims and drafted a report, resigned in December, saying he felt he was no longer making progress and that soccer's governing body "lacked leadership."

His report has not been made public while a redacted version will be published at an undisclosed date.

Garcia resigned after a disagreement with Hans-Joachim Eckert, head of the ethics committee's judgment chamber, over the handling of his report.

"Qatar was not suitable to host such a World Cup for a number of reasons," Zwanziger, who steps down from FIFA in May, said, citing among other the scorching desert temperatures.

FIFA is expected to move the tournament to winter.

The energy-rich Gulf state has also been criticized over migrants' working conditions and protection of their human rights as they build the multi-million dollar football stadiums.

"One has to tell candidates (for World Cups) that sports, football, the clubs and FIFA, they all represent values that we expect to be observed," said Zwanziger.

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procan 5 years ago

On it goes, its been 5 years and there will be five more years . Qatar has a growing army of protesters at its door. Even if the world Cup were held in Qatar who would attend ?

Omar 5 years ago

He can criticise and suggest solutions, but not deny a nation that has worked so hard for this well-deserved bid, their right to host the World cup.
In my opinion, Qatar fairly won the competition as they did put on the best show, the whole country (and neighbouring brothers) was supporting, and fulfilled all requirements and standards set by FIFA.
Could there have been corruption involved? Maybe or maybe not - Prove it then. Teams are not so good at football? Well they deserve a chance to get better and build powerful teams so football won't be exclusive to several countries...

Omar 5 years ago

If you don't want to attend that's up to you. But we are all anxiously looking forward for this event.
Please go and read the news about the hard work that has been done so far to make this event a success.

Red Snappa 5 years ago

None of the European leagues have formally signed up to the disruption of their Winter domestic programmes yet. The Europeans could yet band together and refuse to participate if this FIFA wrangling goes on, despite Michel Platini's agreement as head of UEFA. FIFA's reputation is going downhill with every step, as Mr Blatter clings on.

Nor has the legal question as to whether the basis for the original award of the event to Qatar has now changed sufficiently to render the original award process null and void gone away.