With Qatar in the hot seat again over bribery allegations related to its 2022 World Cup bid, many questions are being raised internationally about the fate of the country’s hosting rights.
Officials in some nations, including the UK and Australia, are already indicating that they wouldn’t mind hosting the tournament in the event of a revote.
But going against the grain, one sports columnist is urging politicians to pause for a moment and consider the implications of their words. In a new post, Associated Press writer John Leicester argues:
“They should consider how public opinion in the Middle East might react if Qatar was shamed in the eyes of the world by being stripped of the tournament, especially if evidence to justify such a financial, geopolitical, legal, social and sporting earthquake is anything less than rock-solid.
They also should consider whether pressure on FIFA to ditch Qatar is based on an abundance of cold, hard facts and incontrovertible proof of Qatari wrongdoing that makes FIFA’s 2010 vote for the Gulf nation invalid. Or is Western snobbery, jealousy of Qatar’s wealth and disdain — verging on borderline racism at times — for what is a new frontier in the global spread of football also playing a role, even a minor one, here?”
Here in Doha, many residents have echoed similar questions about why exactly Qatar is in the spotlight. On Twitter, for example, some said:
The question is, do people really care about Qatar being a better country and improving or is the goal to simply hurt Qatar?
— Khalifa Al Haroon – Mr. Q (@iloveqatar) June 2, 2014
The world promotes 'innocent until proven guilty'. But for Qatar it was "guilty until proven innocent. Double standards.
— Khalifa Al Haroon – Mr. Q (@iloveqatar) June 2, 2014
Whatever the reasons for focusing attention on Qatar, the evidence of vote-buying nonetheless seems quite compelling, Leicester adds.
However, he said that no revote can be justified until Qatar’s bid is properly investigated. Currently, that has been the main role of Michael Garcia, FIFA ethics chief.
He has been traveling and interviewing officials and other stakeholders about Qatar and Russia’s bids for more than a year, and plans to submit investigation results this summer.
However, the Guardian reports that Garcia has declined this week to examine the “millions” of documents the Sunday Times said it obtained from a FIFA insider, prompting some concerns about the fairness of the investigation.
There does not seem to be any outright accusation of Qatar, its government or the bid commitee issuing bribes. Just allegations against one man, Bin Hammam, who is said to have made these illicit payments that have said to have benefitted Qatar’s bid. If these reports are proved accurate, then there should be a re-vote. If Qatar’s bid is the best, then it will win again.
Well said, I think that this is a very fair point of view.
the allegations are based on bin hammam making illicit payment to help advance his chances of becoming the next FIFA chief, a position he has been lobbying for at the same time as Qatar’s world cup bid. If there is proof of wrongdoing he and those he bribed should be held accountable, not Qatar.
I agree with the above statement, that states there needs to be hard objective evidence of any wrong doing. So far all we have seen is sensational journalism and shamming on Qatar.
As much as I did not want the world cup to be hosted in Qatar, this ongoing shaming has to stop.. and since when is UK’s newspapers any authority on ethics.. ?
if there are millions of documents, then make them public… show us the smoking gun that incriminates the Qatar 2022 bidding committee to bribery charges…
You seem to be under the misapprehension that The Sunday Times’s aim is to achieve justice, rather than sell newspapers. It’s editor must be praying that this goes on until 2022, with every few weeks a new story being published that further damns the bidding process. If I were a Qatari, I’d be lobbying for this to stop right now, rather than the whole world being told for the next eight years that Qatar and bribery are synonyms.
Good luck with the lobbying of a UK newspaper. The government tried to threaten the Telegraph on MP’s expenses and ended up making things worse for themselves.
Indeed, if the British government is not in control of the newspapers, what arrogance is there to think that foreigners from Qatar would get to call the tune?
Rightly or wrongly, the whole world already thinks that bribery and Qatar are synonymous – the 5 minute video segment on the home page of CNN International yesterday would leave anyone with that impression.
What is quite astonishing is the lack of leadership displayed by the Qatari personalities on this one. You’d think that there would be a lot of movement to control the message and get in front of the story, instead it has been nothing but reacting. This has not helped any legitimate case that Qatar may have.
you walk into a bar.. you meet a nice girl.. have a drink.. get her numebr and walk out… next thing you know she is accusing you of rape.. you hardly touched the girl.. will you proactively pounce around saying hey guys i didnt rape the girl i had drinks with the other night.. how do they proactively fight this off when they are unaware of it… the accusations of human rights abuse is legit.. and the country is trying to take action to fix it … but if you feel the accusations are groundless yet the whole world wishes to blame you there is little you can do… anything you say in your own defense will incriminate you even more… the US lost to Qatar.. UK lost to Russia… were being attacked by both US and UK mainstream media… there is little you can really do except go on with your work…
Yes you would proactively say and try to prove you did not. Sorry but silence makes you at least seem guilty.
The country is barely trying to make things better on the HR front. See yesterdays story on the watered down corrections they’ll be making.
Um I think the USA media is just reporting what is coming out of the UK.
CNN and ESPN are running their own stories
regurgitating what the UK paper has said and nothing new.
I think that perhaps part of the problem here is that historically due to the way the country is owned and run, when something happens the ranks close up and no information gets out. It seems in this day and age one needs to come out fighting rather than sit quietly otherwise one just looks guilty. This goes against the normal Qatari approach to things so they now look a bit lost on the world stage. An independent inquiry by the Qataris identifying the people responsible (if bribery is shown) is required, but one that is transparent and with foreign observers so that there are independent judges. Then at least, if there is any guilt you can walk away saying that yes we got it wrong but we have dealt with the wrongdoers.
I would be shouting to the high heavens, collecting the CCTV footage, having my lawyers interview other patrons in the bar, demanding DNA tests, oh yes indeedy. I would also change my choice of bars, but that is a different story.
Unaware of it? This story, particularly the Bin Hammam angle, has been building for months. A quick SWOT analysis would have had someone in authority long ago starting an investigation like the DLA Piper one, and then, if Qatari official involvement was found, very publicly lining the offenders up against the wall and shooting them (figuratively of course). A policy of ignore, ignore, deny, deny, in the face of snowballing information does not help. I find it hard to believe that someone in authority didn’t say “What is our exposure on this and how can we minimize any possible damage?”
But in this case she is clearly bruised and her knickers are in your pocket. Perhaps not your doing but you better get your message across – and fast.
There should be no bars and he should not be speaking to the woman in the first place.
They are. They are publishing them over the next two weeks. Same as the telegraph did to British MPs over their expenses.
If Qatar’s bid is innocent sue the Times for libel
This is not about shaming as a primary objective. It is about an expose into alleged illegal payments, and if they have taken place then there needs to be action taken. As I said if the payments made meant that Qatar won the bid, then the vote shold be run and allow Qatar to once again prove the merits of its bid.
And you make think this is sensational journalism from the Sunday Times – believe me this is business as usual. This is nowhere near the sensationalism that can perform.
If it turns out Qatar did something wrong and should be stripped of the tournament, then it makes sense to punish all the people who contributed to this, including Sepp Blatter, Platini and the majority of the top managers of FIFA.
Now that said, it is in my opinion highly unlikely that this happens. The political and financial implications of stripping Qatar of its hosting rights on a country like the UK for example will by far outweigh the benefit of shifting it to the UK. Even David Cameron himself will think twice before accepting such a decision, even though he now looks aggressive and not very diplomatic in his comments.
How will Qatar be able to threaten the UK based on this, and what impact do you think it will have? i am curious.
A simple calculation: how much will the UK spend on the WC if it hosts it in 2022? The infrastructure is ready and they might end up spending few billion dollars here and there to upgrade and add some more stadia and roads.
Now compare this to the money Qatar is expected to spend: a staggering 200 billion dollars. How much of it would go to British companies? 10%? 15%? Even less than that would be more than what the UK will spend. Therefore it is in the interest of the UK (and particularly British companies) to keep the cup in Qatar and lobby to get as much contracts as they can, rather than take it home and struggle to get the needed resources from tax payer money.
I think you overegg the importance to UK of Qatar. 200bn over eight years is 25bn a year, or about £16bn. Assume that 30% of that goes directly to UK companies – as 51% will go to Qatari companies. Of that, how much will be spent on labour workforce from the sub-continent, and their remittances back home going accordingly. If we assume a 5% profit margin then £2.4bn would be reverted to the UK over 10 years. For scale, that is one fifth of the annual healthcare budget for the country.
In economics terms the few billion of £ spent in the UK is far more valuable to the UK local economy than a possible £2.4bn over 10 years. Say £5bn is spent, the vast majority of that would be on local workforce that would spend its money in the UK and not transfer it abroad. Using a perpituity calculation and say of every £1 that is spent on contracts in the UK 70p is but back through spending in shops – that could give a total value of £16bn.
I dont think David Cameron is losing sleep over this.
I am afraid I completely disagree with your calculations. First, you have to understand that there is a huge difference between Qatar offering lucrative contracts to British companies and UK doing the same. Not only the UK will not compete with Qatar in terms of the value, the UK will also have to find the money first, which would not be an easy task as it comes from tax payer money. Second, the UK is bound by international rules that stipulate that most bids should be open to companies from around the world. Third, not 51% of the projects will be given to local companies as you mentioned. The rail and the stadia will not developed by locals but by international firms. Moreoever, this rule says that preference will be given in some cases to Qatari or Qatari-Foreign partnerships, so even if that rule is applied there will always be room for lucrative contracts going to foreign companies through partnerships.
So to make it simple. In the first case it is Qatar that gives money to UK companies, and in the second it is the UK taxpayer who will give the money to their own companies. That on its own make the first option (Qatar hosting the WC) way more lucrative.
What you are not appreciating is the economic impact to the UK that hosting the World Cup will have. It will bring spending interms of infrastructure, which in turn brings tax revenue to the UK, and through the multiplier effect that money will keep going around the system as it is spent by the workers.
This is what the UK government cares about far more than perhaps a billion or so being sent back to the UK for shareholders.
in your first case, yes the money will go to a say a UK firm, but that then needs to go to pay for labour, materials, transports etc. And how much of that will actually end up in the UK – far less than the value of the contracts.
And to the UK 10% of $200bn (your figures) over 8 years – about £16bn – not even taking into account the expenditure to labour etc, is not as big a figure as you think – the UK GDP is about 1,000 times that.
“the richest country in the world” actually has an economy about the size of Louisiana
Uk was not in the bidding for ’22 so I’d say they are a long shot at best. Would either be the US or possibly Autrailia/Japan
Which country was runner-up? Or does FIFA not have that? Still, I think the media is sensationalising the issue more than it deserves. Who’s actually surprised FIFA may have accepted bribes, and are you saying that no other bidding nation was corrupt in any way, ever? I guess someone in the organisation was feeling a little bitter…
USA was runner up.
Saying “well they did it too” is what my 5 yr old used to say. the smoke is around Qatar, and FIFA, no one else. Me thinks fire is close behind.
The problem is that, if something wrong happened, what will you do to the FIFA execs who received, helped receive or turned a blind eye to those who received bribery? You can’t say you will take the WC from Qatar, do the revote and that is it, as this would look highly ridiculous and hypocritical. If Qatar will be stripped of the WC than make sure half the management of FIFA will be sued and put in jail for the bribes they received and the impact this whole story had on the country. But scapegoating only Qatar is not a solution.
If any of the money passed through a US bank, computer server or business – anywhere – those officials could easily find themselves in front of a US court. The FBI is currently investigating to see if that is the case. Fingers crossed.
I totally agree. the first step, if proven, should be the bid is revoted. That’s a no brainer. Second, those who did the bribing should be banned for life but that may be a moot point if it is the same source as before. Third, those who took the bribes should be banned as well. Fourth FIFA needs a total rebuild. The impact on the country, assuming your speaking about Qatar, is Qatar’s own fault. I have no proof, and maybe that will come out as well, but saying they had no idea he was out there doing this is a bit suspect.
You assume that the UK government controls the newspapers – they don’t. The newspapers will investigate until they feel that there is no more story. Don’t assume that the interests of the British government and that of the newspapers are synonymous. Secondly, the Qatari investments in the UK are controversial, and frankly, not much liked by many. Many people would not shed a tear to see them reduced.
Some people genuinely can’t believe that in some countries governments has very little power in that area. Different historical experience, I believe.
2014 Press Freedom Index – UK 33rd (not bad) QA 113th (not good)
I think you missunderstood me. I never said Cameron controls newspapers, but I was criticizing the fact that he jumped on the occasion and said his country is willing to host the World Cup if allegations of wrongdoings are proved.
Ah yes, you are correct I did misunderstand that. Equally though, Japan has said that they are willing to do the same, as did the US. Mr. Cameron’s comments don’t seem to be anything special.
Why the default assumption “revote = losing hosting right”..?
Indeed, Qatar should welcome a revote – if they won it once on the merit of their bid, they doing it again should not be difficult.
Exactly right. If you’ve done nothing wrong and you have nothing to hide, bring on a re-vote tomorrow and clear all doubt.
lol… hey obama you’ve been president long enough.. i’ve got enough prove to claim your not american and hate america.. i demand a revote and if your confident enough and have nothing to hide then you’ll allow it .. otherwise your hiding something…
that’s exactly how you sound right now
Yep, exactly, you understand the system and the way it works perfectly. That is exactly what happens when the president loses the faith of the electorate. Seems to me that faith in the Qatari bid has been lost, but it can be regained a number of ways – the one you just suggested being a popular option.
Why is the default mindset: revote = losing the hosting right….
Questions that need to be answered.
1. Why did Bin Hamman hand out money and be involved with business deals with FIFA members representing Africa, Asia and the Carribean?
2. Why did Plantini meet with Qatari officals in secret with Mr Sarkozy?
3. For no.2 does it have any relation to Mr Platini’s son being then offered a job by a Qatari company and Qatar buying PSG the former French president’s favourite?
4. Why did Bin Hamman support and pay for the disgraced Oceaniers FIFA offical appeal when he was barred from voting, knowing that the replacement would have not voted for Qatar?
5. Why did the FIFA medical chief’s son receive an offer of empoyment with Aspetar shortly after the award of the world cup?
6. Actually I can’t be bothered to go on, there are just too many questions, maybe they are all just coincedences and I find it said the defence is now racism. That smacks of someone without a defence.
The only way Qatar can clear this up is to now launch legal action against the Times in the UK and sue for millions in damages for libel. Go on Qatar, if you have nothing to hide, do it and teach them a lesson. We cannot have the free press in the west printing lies and untruths, show us it is not.
1-6. Because they thought they wouldn’t get caught.
Or they thought that is what everyone else does, so they outplayed them at their own game
Just like football though if you want to play with the big boys you play by the international rules which usually includes the UK trash rags and their wily ways.
1. bin hammam was lobbying to become the next FIFA chief at the same time.
2. why do you assume the meeting is secret? did you want heads of state to meet in the cinema or a cafe? why shouldn’t platini be present, maybe they wanted to discuss PSG purchase, maybe they wanted him to run Qatar 2022 in case qatar wins, maybe they wanted him to coach qatar national team, maybe he happen to pop in for a cup of tea!! Maybe the french president wanted to tell him if the middle east wins it will be good for french business and politically smart, the region needs it. and he said good luck to them i wish I could help but I’m here for the tea!
3. is platini’s son qualified for the job… do you honestly believe platini advanced the chances of qatar to win the WC to secure a job for his son!! do you think his son could not get a job anywhere else… do you think qatar, if it wanted to bribe an official, would be a bit more discrete than outright offer someone’s son a job. Could it possibly a concidence? Could it simply be they did offer him the job because his father is platini just like I would offer a job to Pele’s son or chelsea clinton if they’d accept!! or your tying things that don’t exist…
besides what kind of a bribe is this ! offering my kid a job.. if I helped you win the world cup i would demand a bit more than a job.. which given Im effing platini could have secured for my son regardlessly…
4. because arsenal, manchestar united, madrid and bacrawere not for sale…. and qatar did and still is trying to purchase a controling stake in man u… and half of france are behind the same team… only the most undervalued team in western europe that belongs to a major european city with over 7 million people and a stadium that’s smack center… hmmm france’s president is behind the same team… shk tammim is al sadd fan ( i think) concidence al sadd won the newly names Amir Cup !!.. hmmmm
Maybe there are so many questions becuase your asking so many questions… if you want conspiracy you can make a good story… if you want drama yo can make a good story.. you don’t need facts or hard evidence to prove anything anymore… all you need is to tap onto people’s emotions and you create a story..
Have you sat down and looked at some of the documents that the Telegraph has made available? They, at the very least, make one pause; if these documents are authenticated that is your evidence. If the documents yet to come are of the same quality there are many questions to be answered – this has nothing to do with tapping on people’s emotions,and show accusations of racism to be a straw man.
Even if ‘Qatar’ itself just lobbied aggressively and did not officially direct the bribery, if it happened, it calls the whole process into question. Even if Bin Hammam was just trying to be helpful in a personal capacity, the process was rigged and needs to be re-thought. It is looking more and more like Qatar’s ‘win’ was the result of cheating- whether ‘Qatar’ was actively directing the corruption or not.
then authenticate the evidence, and if true withdraw the world cup, disallow qatar national team from playing international football for several years, and axe all the FIFA officals involved.
Till then i disagree outright with your statement. Qatar win is not more and more looking like the result of cheating, it’s more and more being reported on…
Well, we’re in agreement, with your first paragraph, though I think that disallowing playing international football is overly harsh.
We’ll have to agree to disagree on your second statement, though I suppose I could consider it to be partially correct – yes, it is more and more being reported on, though that is because more and more information is coming out. Does it qualify as ‘evidence’ – well, we’ll know in the next couple of weeks as more documents are released and have their authenticity confirmed or denied. I’m sure that there will lots of opportunity to discuss this very topic over the next few weeks. 😉
This is probably the key point. Everyone cheats but not everyone gets caught.
Exactlly. Everyone speeds and jaywalks too, but saying that everyone does it, and worse than me, doesn’t carry any weight – nor should it. Could just be bad luck on Qatar’s part, who knows, but the taint is there.
Not so much bad luck as an easy target. Journalists who accuse the Russians of cheating disappear. That’s why the UK press is focussing on Qatar, even though the UK lost it’s bid to Russia.
i thought your are guilty until you prove innocence in qatar…
Look at the bigger picture people, If one man was able to bribe FIFA officials into voting for Qatar so be it. But it’s FIFA the spotlight should be on. FIFA are ones who accepted the bribes and covered it up.
A whole overhaul of FIFA is required. Or a new governing body over world football.
FIFA are a disgrace
I totally agree. Why anyone would want to be involved with them and host their events is beyond me.
because only qatar is trying to host FIFA events?
I don’t understand your point. Lots of politicians in lots of countries want to host the World Cup, despite the flawed economics. No world cup has financially benefited the host country for decades.
U said why would anyone want to be involved with them (FIFA). Mr.desertcard replied saying it’s qatar implying that only somone like qatar would want to be involved with someone as corrupt as FIFA. I said because only qatar wants 2? What I meant was everyone gets involved with fifa and wants to hold there events. I guess I don’t convey sarcasam and tone very well in writing
Yeah, sarcasm is always so hard in writing.
Now I can’t tell if that was sarcastic or not
Exactly my point..:-)
Indonesia was originally bidding against Qatar but they pulled out of the race. Some countries want to host the event, but many do not. And as we now see in Brazil, less than half the population want the event (48%). It’s the leaders who bid for the event, not ‘the people’.
Because they also involve themselves with the likes of the Taliban, etc. But also if all is proven the QFA is as corrupt as FIFA.
dont see how thats relevant to this story but ok, i guess qatar is involving itslef with the likes of the taliban because we just learn from the US. western powers have backed so many terrorists groups and dictatorship regimes at one time we small nations just like to copy 🙂
Spot on, its a stupid decision for a country and its people. FIFA make you pay for their event and then they keep all the money from TV deals, sponsorship and marketing. Fantastic business model for FIFA and you want it so much, you have to offer FIFA officals ‘inducments’. It is the perfect con.
Correct, FIFA is the real villian, a real vipers nest of corruption and deceit.
When there is a direct connection that indicates that the Qatar bid was largely influenced by Bin Hammans payments,then that elevates the seriousness.Otherwise I feel Qatar has the right to maintain the bid.There were positives about awarding to the region,heat aside(which everyone was well aware of). I consider lobbying for a cause in an aggressive manner would be second place to FIFA game fixing allegations that have surfaced again this week.An other thing one would have to be cognizant of, is the source of the emails and who had access to those and could they have been altered. World Cup attention has brought the Kafala system under the microscope,which is positive.At this point I am not in favor of jumping on the bandwagon to revote or take the bid away.Lastly it would be necessary to look at the level of any inappropriate payments and how many votes could have been influenced.This could be a can of worms so large that Qatars involvement may only be a small part.
I would be more upset if I felt like Qatar is being singled out, but Brazil is getting a lot of criticism for the way they are treating their own citizens in the build up to the World Cup, tearing down homes, spending public money on stadiums not schools, beating up the poor residents of favelas, etc. It’s too late for Brazil but we should expect more from hosts including Russia in 2018 and 2022. Football is not an excuse to destroy a human life, FIFA making money hand over fist sickens me.
Qatar received more recognition internationally from the allegations than wining the rights to host the world cup. Good or bad, fame is fame. I say win win.
that’s called Infamy. A bit different.
Exaggerated reporting always raises a red flag for me. All the reports refer to ‘millions’ of documents…that simply cannot be true so it calls into question the motives of the source.
It could easily be millions – particularly if they were hacked. Whether they’re all of much relevance is a different question.
Really? I find it near impossible that they’d even have 1 million emails, let alone multiples! Why would you need that many for a bribe?
I’ve got close to 100,000 myself so it doesn’t surprise me in the least if they were hoovering up whole mail servers they would soon get a few million. It is easy to get hold of documents. It is hard to find the ones that are of any relevance.
I just looked at what is archived at work, it is just over 83,000, and I’ve been with the institution fewer than 2 years. Large institutions, multiple people, I can easily see millions. We’ll find out as more communications are released I’m sure.
And how legally were these ‘millions’ of emails obtained? British journalism at its best!
I have read that some emails originate from a FIFA whistleblower. Secondly, the press in the UK have a legal pass on underhand tactics if they can uncover something illegal and it’s in the ‘public interest’. Whether you agree with that, or not, is a matter of opinion.
Oh really? And that includes hacking into anyone’s private communications , just to find any ‘wrongdoing’? I don’t believe so. There are a couple of very high profile court cases going on in London just now over this.
Yes I’m afraid that is the case. The hacking cases you reference were not linked to obtaining evidence of illegal activity and were not in the public interest .
Britain’s most senior prosecutor, the Director of Public Prosecutions, in an interview with the Guardian, said: “We’ve got to recognise that in the course of journalism, journalists will rub up against the criminal law and that is why, in our guidelines, we took the approach that we would assess where there was evidence of a criminal offence, whether the public interest in what the journalist was trying to achieve outweighed the overall criminality.”
And that is why GCHQ forced the Guardian to destroy the computer hard drives which held (allegedly) some of Snowden’s stolen data? Also not in the public interest?
Rather pointless given all the information is already out there.
Nowhere have I heard it claimed that the newspapers,, in this case, ‘hacked’ anything. They have data in their possession, it may be have been illegally obtained by others, but in this case it seems that there hasn’t been any illegal activity by the UK press.
The court cases to which you refer is a very different beast. Clear criminality by a paper that isn’t public interest – there is really no comparing the two.
It was me. I started it as a rumour.
Ah, then well played good sir – it seems to be getting some traction on some of the foreign blog sites.
Oops – how do i retract that.
You can’t, it is on the internet, and it is forever. It is kind of like that letter you wrote while drunk to your ex when you were 20. No take backs and no re-dos.
I was 30 and everything she said was a lie.
So if the information was ‘illegally obtained by others’, does not the receipt of stolen data seem wrong to you? How would you like it if this were your data? The press wants to sell newspapers, plain and simple. Spare me the thought that they have a ‘higher calling’.
If someone sends me a spreadsheet showing that your company has been breaking the law, what would you have me do with it?
In brazil, people are protesting that the event is even
taking place and there has been massive issues of internal corruption;
In Australian their own bid is been looked into :
“Certainly, the people that Australia was giving money to were very much similar to the people Bin Hammam was giving money to,” she said.
And as for Fifa , It has had corruption issues for a long as I can remember, and publicly since the late 1980’s,
I for one think that Qatar bid was far and above the best one on the table and I hope that the event is used as an opportunity for the country to prove the worlds’ media wrong.
Take away any corruption allegations and you’ve still got:
– human rights issues
– lack of proven infrastructure
– lack of experience with big events
– did anyone mention beer?
-the human rights issues are a real problem however, hopefully legitimate steps are being taken currently to begin to resolve this
– the heat will be worked out by adjusting the schedule. This item would have been clear throughout the bidding process and if hot weather is a deciding factor, it rules out this whole region form the process.
– both the infrastructure and the large event experience would have been tested during the asian games
– and i think that provisions may be made to facilitate ‘beer’ when the time comes.
If not Qatar then who ?
– There is no sign so far that the expectations of the international community are going to be met regarding human rights
– The bid was for a summer World Cup. If that changes it should be rebid or you are messing up with other schedules and (expensive) tv rights. Also everyone should be bidding for the same thing – either a summer or winter WC
– Not even close. Last Asian cup was a big mess and is tiny in comparison. Facilities aren’t going to be in place in time for the next one.
– On beer you are probably correct.
If not Qatar then any of the other bidders but then US & Japan/Korea have had it before so why not Australia?
I’m Australian, and to be honest, the country didn’t really want it.
Our bid was lackluster and there are several issues with having it there. Travel distance to, and around the country for players and fans is one. It would be like having the tournament spread over the whole gcc.
Flying from one match to the next makes the tickets very expensive and therefore limits the experience.
The time difference is also a negative factor related to broadcasting and the general fan enjoyment/participation.
Also we were towards the end of the global recession and weren’t really prepared to spend much money on the event itself. On anything for that matter that could guarantee financial payback. And they probably still aren’t.
There was little, if any, news relating to the bid until after it was announced, It simply wasn’t a high priority for the government, or in my opinion, the populace. There was a headline on the day of the announcement, but certainly not the day before, or the day after.
I am not Australian and much of what you have said could be said for the US bid when they won it and staged it very successfully. As for the time zone most of the population of the world is now actually lives in or close to the Australian time zones. If you want a “world” cup wouldn’t that be the place to have it?
If you have never been to Aus, you should go, just to see how far it is, and how big when you get there. Qatar is two hours flight away from almost a quarter of the worlds population. In any case, most of the tickets will be bought by Saudis..and they are football crazy!
You’re sounding a bit eurocentric. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have been there and have even lived there for a while. Not many people actually go to any world cup. The TV time zones are what bring the money in. And if you’re wondering where people actually live in the world this map gives a pretty good indication and it ain’t too far from Australia –
Yes, and if you overlay a two hour flight circle over yours, centered on Doha, you will see what I mean. You would then have much of India, all the Mid-East, and Eastern Med countries.
What you mean about what? – you don’t appear to have commented previously on this. Also you’re over estimating a bit about the 2 hours. Assuming a plane does about 1000 km/hr (and that is generous) you get most of Pakistan but not India – Map > http://bit.ly/1ouDUAi
As a fellow Australian you may want to recheck some of your ideas. The former Rudd government was right behind this bid at the time. Unfortunately the present government is highly unlikely to get in behind a re-bid, if it actually happens.
When Australia held the Olympics the football events were held in different cities, teams don’t fly all over to play. The groups are hosted in different cities to eliminate travel.
As 1 of the great sport playing nations we would have embraced the World Cup fully by the time it came around. Either way it doesn’t matter as Australia hasn’t been squeaky clean in this so is unlikely to get it anyway.
Without FIFA and Blatter agreeing to any recommendations to come from the integrity investigator Mr Garcia’s report, then reform is unlikely. But if a re-bid is called for then they can’t just ignore the technical report again. On that alone Qatar should never have won the bid, as the World Cup is meant to be played June/July to fit world football schedules.
As for FIFA reforming, as International cycling Federation (UCI) has had to do, I’ll believe when I see it
Human Rights – legitimate steps are being taken – very slowly – too slow for the International community – too fast for the Qatari business community?
The heat – the bid was for a Summer tournament, that was always the case – the technical report gave Qatar a poor rating because of this (conveniently ignored by the selection committee) – the UK will forever be ruled out of a bid for the Winter Olympics, not enough guaranteed snow, Boo Hoo… I think we can live with that fact!
Large event – do I really have to expand on the fiasco surrounding all recent ‘big event’ football matches here?
Beer provisions – still expect a big fight from authorities as the certainty of the WC approaches, when it might really be too late to change?
And the other countries bidding don’t have human rights issues?! Or are you going to argue, “not on the same scale as Qatar”?!
I have my own view on the human rights in various countries and they’re obviously not perfect but if you look at the various analyses out there the other countries that bid are generally light years ahead of most countries in this region. This is what the western media will probably go by when they want to make a lot of noise.
South Korea for one is not particularly famous for it’s human rights violations.
Actually HRW don’t even give them a chapter this year…
Seriously?? This is another one of those times when sarcasm doesn’t come through in writing, right? Until the end of military rule in South Korea it had a horrible human rights record, though to be fair, the last 35 odd years or whatever have been quite good.
True but that was then rather than now. Thumb screws don’t hurt as much when you don’t have them on any more.
If human rights issues are to be a factor in determining who wins the hosting of world cup, then that should be announced before hand, not wait until a country wins then start using it as an excuse to take it away.
Would you include war crimes related to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in the list of things to be looked at under human rights issues? How about the crime rate and issues related social justice and equality? It’s very slippery slope, and I doubt most countries would pass the test.
I’m not saying they should be or shouldn’t be (though maybe they should be?). What I am saying is that the western media, western sensibilities and anyone else who will buy into it will make it an issue – and perhaps a very big issue. If they do is it really such a “slippery slope” to consider such issues? There are very clear distinctions between countries on certain factors – e.g. Japan has definitely has relatively low income inequality. Some countries clearly do better than others on certain issues and some clearly violate to the point of becoming unacceptable in the international community – e.g. Apartheid era South Africa. Crime rate doesn’t seem to be an issue for football world cups or South Africa and Brazil wouldn’t have been the last and current venues. Can you clarify what the specific “war crimes” were in relation to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan? Although they were definitely invaded I am not sure the international community ever came to a clear consensus what were considered “war crimes” during those particular invasions.
There are clearly some listed for the Iraq war..
You mean like from the beginning you are bidding on a summer WC not a winter WC? Seems that was changed AFTER the vote.
Again with the war crimes? You bring that card out every time you have nothing sensible to argue with.
“Nothing sensible to argue with”? No, that’d be you and your Fox News like rhetoric.
If you bring up the issue of human rights as a reason why Qatar shouldn’t be allowed to host the world cup, then it’s only fair that we bring up your own human rights issues, which as hard as it maybe for you to accept would include the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, and all the war crimes your country committed there!
Excuse me but I’m pretty sure I have NEVER brought human rights into my WC argument.
And your retort is the invasion of Iraq. Your answer to every thing.
In case you missed it, the person I was replying to was the one who brought up the human rights issue not me. But of course, you’re just being your typical argumentative self and acting as if you don’t know this already.
Perhaps words, are not the best way to communicate with you. I know, how about another cartoon:
Look at the thread, you were replying to me. Senile much?
Yes, you are senile if you missed this:
Take away any corruption allegations and you’ve still got:
– human rights issues
Here’s another cartoon for you:
OK so no corruption and Qatars human rights suck. what’s your point? I haven’t brought HRs into the conversation at all about this subject.
Or a football culture/history
Says the guy who calls it soccer!
OH my how could you say such a racist thing. What about all the slaves and indians and bombings and invasions and oh don’t forget the crusaders and white men from the west and arabs are blah blah blah blah. That’s what you sound like. Really are an idj aren’t you?
They say that locks keep good people honest. Obviously FIFA has no locks on its behavior.
So what if Qatar did bribe FIFA… Why are morals so low that people only focus on Qatar and not the fact that FIFA is accepting Bribes. I would venture to say that other countries have provided the bribes that greased the skids and FIFA executives were happy to accept them then. Dont blame Qatar for FIFA being a nasty and vile organization that could care less about the sanctity of the sport yet have interest in making money off the illicit procurement of the sporting events. That’s what I call some nasty Mo-Fo’s!!
Does the fact that all allegations emanate from the UK not alert anyone to a simple case of sour grapes?
In the shortest possible answer: No
Please expand what you mean
If you can’t work it out you wouldn’t comprehend any expansion thereon
England was bidding on 2018 not 2022. Qatar winning the right to host the World Cup in 2022 did not come at the expense of England. If it were true sour grapes all of this attention would be focused on Russia and not Qatar.
Please expand as I am genuinely curious as to why this is a case of sour grapes given England and Qatar were not even bidding for the rights to host the same World Cup.
He has nothing to offer…..British journalists and journalism is one of the best in today’s world….They know the exact meaning of investigative journalism …The other news outlets are just pseudo ones…..and NO I’m not British….
They do seem to know about how to find stuff out but some of their methods definitely seem a bit questionable!
Well , when you are up against such a powerful ,undemocratic entity , all means is fair means ….Do you think there is any other way to secure proof against these scamsters other than ‘questionable’ means ???
I don’t really have much of a view as to the rightness or wrongness of their methods just pointing out that they clearly have a history in the UK of using illegal/unethical methods of obtaining information.
Thank you David, your post is coherent enough to warrant a response.
The fact that they did not bid for 2022 is irrelevant. Accusations against Qatar could open a back door on that. Qatar is a soft target as compared to “scary, big” Russia.
England, possibly justifiably, is blatantly bitter at not having been awarded a World Cup since 1966. That feeling is probably aggravated by Qatar’s economic strength and holdings in the UK, such as Harrods and Buckingham Palace (only kidding with the latter of course)
Given that they weren’t even bidding for the same world cup that doesn’t make much sense.
So even though there are 180+ other countries that didn’t win who could equally have a case for “sour grapes” you the think the UK is particularly sour about this?
The un-earthed evidence emanates from a UK investigative journalism piece. The accusations of alleged foul play are internationally spread, so much so, as to include Japan, a country which is rarely even packaged as part of the evil and vindictive ‘West’.
‘Investigative journalism’. Meaning stealing ‘millions’ of emails? Where is the outrage?
Not in the least, no.
Isn’t it strange that a country that has no sporting tradition , has never qualified for a world cup , no sporting infrastructure, win the right to host the world cup ?? If FIFA’s defense was they wanted to award it to the middle east for once then how about countries that actually play the sport and do qualify for world cups…Egypt ,Algeria ,Iran ,Kuwait or even Saudi Arabia for that matter are a few that comes to mind….
You need to start reading the papers in Qatar Luke. There is lots of football played here. Asian Games, Asian Cup ( football), major tournaments played here. Aspire Academy to attract and train athletes in all sorts of games, including football. International friendlies played with lots of other nations. Club friendlies played here. Winter training sessions here. Shall I go on? So don’t say they have no sporting infrastructure.
FIFA rankings for Qatar..
95th for men
117th for women
Isn’t there a good chance cricket is the most popular sport in Qatar?
I think this is Western/European snobbery at its finest. The old boys that run the European league do not want to change their schedules to accommodate playing this event in the winter. They do not care about promoting the “global” game in all areas of the world. And to think they are shining this bright a light on alleged improprieties on this WC bid is preposterous. In all my years I’ve never seen ANY major sporting even, WC, Olympics, Super Bowl, etc that didn’t carry a few backdoor deals.
What Super Bowls have carried a few backdoor deals? 3 of the last 4 Super Bowls have been held in relatively new stadiums and in 2016 the new 49ers stadium will host the Super Bowl and in 2018 the new Vikings stadium will host the Super Bowl. Are you referring to the shady deals and threats made to secure public financing for these new stadiums? Because yes, those are shady deals that always leave the city and/or state on the losing end of the deal while the teams and owners laugh all the way to the bank.
Not to mention a few poor souls buried in the construction concrete when they got on the wrong side of the deal.
Hmm…. I am a British football fan,. Some years ago, a player in the English league was accused of accepting match fixing bribes. He was caught in a sting operation… charged, prosecuted, disgraced. The “sting” consisted of secretly filmed footage of him being offered and accepting a bribe. He was prosecuted for ACCEPTING the bribe. The people that OFFERED the bribe were not subject to investigation.
I’m thinking we have this the wrong way around. The crime here is not Qatar OFFERING the bribe – if indeed they ever did… but the FIFA officials that ACCEPTED the bribe. Shouldn’t it be THEM being investigated? And even if the allegations are found to be true, using the case above as precedent, why should Qatar be punished because the Fifa Executive commitee are crooked? Is anyone surprised these executives are crooked?
Another thing… So I want to set up a new limo company in Doha.. I go to see Mr Alfardan and tell him… “if you provide financial backing for this venture, I will guarantee to buy all my new vehicles from you for five years”… is this a bribe? No. This is business.
The ‘business’ you have just described is crime in many places. Depends on where you are, but in my jurisdiction the bribe giver and taker both go to prison, and the vehicle agreement will get you in serious kaka as well. Justifying one crime by citing others probably isn’t the best argument here.
Yeah, OK… I accept that. Except I am not trying to justify it.. I am just saying that the spin doctors have managed to turn this into a witch hunt – the witch being Qatar – a feat the British Media excel at.
In my honest opinion, probably Qatar should not have won, for all the reasons cited above… but they did. One might add… by fair means or foul, and I am in no position to judge one way or the other, BUT… there is a worrying trend developing in democracy… that if a section of the populous don’t like the outcome of the vote – any vote – they scream “foul”. And at least muddy the waters enough to render the mandate of the electorate null and void and in one or two cases actually had the vote overturned. This is not democracy. This is mob rule.
Qatar won. Billions of dollars, hundreds or international blue chip companies and millions of workers are involved in the preparations. I hope they don’t get it taken away, can you imagine the ramifications here if it is? And I hope I’m still here when it happens because I am dying to see how they do it.
Agreed on the foul crying, particularly worrying in the US, but to a lesser extent elsewhere, but crying foul when it clearly appears foul to a reasonable person is not inappropriate.
Qatar ‘won’, but if it was won through corruption – whether officially directed by Qatar or not, the ‘victory’ is no more than ashes and nothing to be proud of.
I have no skin in the game as they say, so any hypothetical impact on Qatar is a thought exercise, but really, should financial needs outweigh ethical, honest behaviour? This could be just what the game and organization need to reform, or be reformed. It is possible that the impact of this FIFA-Qatar scandal could outweigh any transient financial impact.
QATAR should be allowed to host the 2022 World Cup. Stop all the accusations of bribery NOW!
Please don’t tell me what to do. It would be preferable if you put forward a well-argued reason for your point of view.
I can’t recall addressing you or telling you what to do?
You just did when you said “Stop all the accusations of bribery NOW!”
Your use of the imperative voice above would disagree.
The use of the imperative and the explanation point makes it pretty clear that you are giving orders.
It’s okay; a lot of people here have a big problem when you try to defend Qatar. Change your statement so it says the reverse, and they’ll be okay with it. As a Qatari though, it’s nice to see that indeed many Westerns are sensible enough to see the racism behind all these allegations.
Thank you very much.
I will take your advice and change it to: IMHO QATAR should be allowed to host the 2022 World Cup. Please stop all the accusations of bribery now. Thank you.
“Or is Western snobbery, jealousy of Qatar’s wealth and disdain — verging on borderline racism at times”–this guy reads way too many love-it-or-leave-it posts on Doha News.
Seriously though, let Qatar keep the world cup. If they bribed anyone, they would not be the first; this is clearly standard practice for world cup bids.
The problem is getting caught. It is one thing for everyone to know there is cheating even if it is “the norm” but another thing altogether to have the facts shoved in your face and still be asked to pretend everything is legitimate.
Good point, but I would say that in this case FIFA needs to clean up first. Then start talking about revotes on bids.
Well that would be the logical starting point but FIFA are not renowned for their logic. It really wouldn’t make much sense though to take it away from Qatar until you change the way the bid process works. That is said with the caveat that Qatar would have to be meeting all the required benchmarks along the way for having a successful world cup – though that doesn’t seem to have stopped Brazil!
Please pay some more money to them or buyout any of thier ailing companies……. Qatar you can do it…
The documents cited by The Sunday Times were clearly leaked by a disgruntled former employee of Bin Hammam’s company. Let this be a lesson to companies in Qatar – treat your staff well or ultimately pay the price.
The rest of the world will not, and should not, put up with this relentless belief that money can buy anything. What kind of lesson does this teach the children of Qatar? Honesty? Trustworthiness? Good sportsmanship? The value of hard work and what can be achieved through personal effort? No! It teaches them that they don’t need to try hard to achieve success – just get out your cheque book…
What happens when the money dries up?
Someone reminds me what had happened to all those allegations that the UK had used bribes to win the bid for the 2012 Olympics? Oh yes, barely investigated, and swept under the rug.
Do you have an sources for this allegation? It must have been very effectively swept under the rug, as I have never even heard any suggestion of this…