Egypt, 5 Others Ask FIFA to Move Qatar World Cup

Photo: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Six nations, including Egypt, have written to world football governing body FIFA asking it to strip Qatar of  World Cup 2022 hosting rights.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, UAE, and Mauritania are making the demand based on Article 85 of the FIFA Code, which permits changing hosts on the basis of emergency.

“The countries warned FIFA of the risks threatening fan and player security in a country that is ‘the base and the castle of terrorism’, as they consider the Gulf state to be a base of terrorism,” Swiss website The Local quoted FIFA President Gianni Infantino as saying.

The six nations are in the midst of a political and economic boycott of Qatar which began last month, and includes several other countries.

A nation with paltry football infrastructure and background, Qatar controversially won hosting rights for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December of 2010.

The Gulf nation has also come under intense scrutiny over worker conditions and alleged human rights violations.

The tournament is currently slated to be held in November and December due to the nation’s desert climate, which is more harsh during summer.

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