Qatar World Cup 2022: Relocation of Tournament Is Only Acceptable Solution

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 6, 2016

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, shakes hands with Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee, at a press conference in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Blatter said he is confident of resolving all issues with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that has come under criticism by rights groups over conditions for workers building the venues. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has long been accused of operating as if there was an empty space between his ears. But, if allegations of corruption and bribery against Mohamed bin Hammam and Qatar are proven true, the decision becomes a no-brainer, even for the brainless:

Relocate the 2022 World Cup. 

According to a report by The Sunday Times' Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake (subscription needed), via, there are countless documents implicating Hammam in exploiting his former position of Asian Football Confederation president to buy the bid for his native country. 

Naturally, those linked to the accusations have adamantly denied the claims. The Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) released a statement defending its president, Issa Hayatou, who is accused of selling his vote to Hammam:

Mr Hayatou will not allow journalists once again to attack his integrity and reputation.

Such allegations are meant to discredit not only him as a person but the whole continent.

Like in 2011, the CAF president is waiting for the famous evidence from the Sunday Times and reserves the right to take legal action against any of those responsible for the smear campaign against him.

We won't know more on this matter until the results of an investigation conducted by New York lawyer Michael Garcia are submitted on June 9. But if he finds evidence similar to the damming information the Times has reportedly uncovered (Garcia won't look at the Times' new allegations), then the 2022 World Cup must be moved. 

Fortunately, FA chairman Greg Dyke, via BBC's David Bond, shares that belief:

The curious choice to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup four years ago drew widespread criticism, and for good reason.

The heat is not only unrelenting, but potentially life-threatening. Tuesday's high in Doha, Qatar is 111 degrees Fahrenheit, while it isn't expected to drop below 80 for the next week. The choice is to risk the safety of players and fans, or sacrifice the history of the World Cup and move it to the winter months. 


But it only gets worse from there. According to BBC's Richard Conway, nearly 200 Nepal immigrants died in 2013 working on construction projects for World Cup stadiums, a result of unsafe working conditions. A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (h/t CBS Sports' Mike Singer) claimed 4,000 immigrants workers could die before 2022 because of unclean water, excessive work hours and blistering heat. 

Really, it's simple. Whether or not corruption is actually proven, the World Cup should be taken away from Qatar. If it is proven, well, Hammam and anyone else implicated should be thrown in jail for a long time.

Either way, whether it means a relocation to Japan, Australia or the United States, a re-vote for the 2022 World Cup is the right course of action. It's unprecedented, but it's the only way to put an end to this unmitigated disaster.