Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and others severed ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.
As soon as I read that, this thought popped up: Hey, isn't Qatar the same tyrannical country that bribed its way to hosting the Football World Cup in 2022? Yes. Yes, it is:
FIFA said in an emailed statement it was “in regular contact with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy handling matters relating to the 2022 FIFA World Cup”.
“There are still five years to go before the World Cup starts. During this time priority should be given to political solutions rather than threats of boycott.
But one thing is clear. The football community worldwide should agree that ... major tournaments should not be played in countries that actively support terror.”
Oops. Looks like Qatar wasted a lot of money. FIFA probably has Pakistan on its backup list for 2022.