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i think russia will do a perfectly good job of 2018. russia is one of the biggest, most politically influential countries in the world and the world cup being the biggest sporting event in the world it is only fitting that they host it one day.


but i completely understand the animosity felt by the english, the UK is the "motherland" of football and to go almost 70yrs without having a world cup there doesnt seem right. but this is the world game, and there are a lot of countries in the world who feel that they deserve to host this great event for many different reasons.


but in 50yrs time when people look back at the history of the world cup, qatar 2022 will stick out like the sore thumb. how did such a small (and insignificant in the football world) nation host the biggest sporting event in the world. if they pull it off it will be spectacular, if they fail fifa will have egg all over their faces.


Olympics is bigger ;)

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:lol: Gotta love Boris




Mayor of London Boris Johnson cancels Fifa hotel stay



Boris Johnson has withdrawn the offer of a free stay in London's exclusive Dorchester hotel for Fifa executives during the 2012 Olympics.

The Mayor of London had offered the free accommodation for Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his team.

But after Fifa's decision on Thursday's 2018 World Cup vote - which saw the England bid get just two votes out of a possible 22 - the offer was rescinded.

Russia was chosen to host the tournament instead.

Free hotel rooms for VIP guests are handed out by Locog, the Olympic organising committee.

Mr Johnson is understood to have discussed the issue with Locog chairman Sebastian Coe.

The mayor has not commented on the decision to cancel the free stay.

But in the aftermath of the defeat, Mr Johnson, who travelled to Zurich to personally lobby Fifa's executives, said the result was a "big blow and tremendously disappointing".

He added: "We put together a cracking bid, our technical specification was top-notch and our stadiums would have been packed to the rafters."

'Exceptional grace' A senior government source has told the BBC that at least five executive committee members "personally assured" Prince William and David Beckham they would vote for the England bid, only to back other contenders in the first round.

The Dorchester's website says the hotel "offers rooms of exceptional grace and comfort, all providing views over Hyde Park or the hotel's landscaped terraces".

It continues: "Bathrooms are welcoming and spacious, offering an exceptional combination of style and function, and are said to have the deepest baths in London.

"They are predominantly made in Italian marble and designed in the classic art deco style - echoing the hotel's 1930s origins."




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England are 'bad losers' says FIFA president as he denies allegations of corruption over World Cup bids



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 5:13 PM on 8th December 2010



FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected allegations of corruption at soccer's governing body after Russia and Qatar won the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, calling England "bad losers" for their reaction.

'To be honest, I was surprised by all the English complaining after the defeat. England, of all people, the motherland of fairplay ideas,' Blatter told Swiss weekly magazine Weltwoche in an interview released ahead of publication on Thursday.

'Now some of them are showing themselves to be bad losers,' he said. 'You can't come afterwards and say so and so promised to vote for England. The results are known. The outcome came out clearly.'


article-1336873-0C5308DB000005DC-833_468x345.jpg Clear outcome: Sebb Blatter has rejected allegations of corruption over the World Cup result


Roger Burden, acting chairman of the Football Association, withdrew his application for the permanent position last week, saying he could no longer trust FIFA members after the failure of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

He added that England's bid team in Zurich, which included Prime Minister David Cameron and the second in line to the throne, Prince William, were promised votes which had not been delivered by FIFA executive committee members.

article-1336873-038CEFD30000044D-82_233x427.jpg Disappointed: England's bid chief Andy Anson has suggested Blatter influenced committee members before the vote


Blatter said the reaction of the losing bidders showed some did not understand his drive to expand soccer's frontiers.

'I really sense in some reactions a bit of the arrogance of the western world of Christian background. Some simply can't bear it if others get a chance for a change,' he said.

'What can be wrong if we start football in regions where this sport demonstrates a potential which goes far beyond sport?' Blatter added.

England's bid chief Andy Anson has suggested Blatter influenced committee members before the vote by reminding them of British media stories which alleged corruption against them and led to two being banned.

Blatter rejected the corruption allegations and said he was being targeted by anti-FIFA journalists: 'There is no systematic corruption in FIFA. That is nonsense,' he said. 'We are financially clean and clear.'

But Blatter said FIFA could not act as if nothing had happened, adding he wanted to set up a taskforce to look into compliance issues, without giving details.

"We need to improve our image. We also need to clarify some things within FIFA," he said.

Asked if he would still be FIFA president to open the Qatar World Cup in 2022, Blatter said: 'Definitely not. If God wills it, I will be invited to the opening party on crutches or in a wheelchair.'



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336873/England-bad-losers-says-FIFA-president-denies-allegations-corruption-World-Cup-bids.html#ixzz17XpYDcx2

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Should fans boycott Qatar 2022?


7th December 2010


Should football fans boycott Qatar 2022 on humanitarian grounds? News that the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) has condemned FIFA’s decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and called on all gay fans to boycott “all activities associated with World Cup 2022” has focused the spotlight onto the emirate's laws and punishments.

Do all fans have a responsibility to hold nations to account for non-footballing, political decisions? Let the FSF know your views.

Last Thursday Qatar held off competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the USA to win the bid. However the GFSN, established in 1989 to take the lead in tackling homophobia in football, believe the Middle Eastern state’s homophobic laws should have prevented it from hosting the 2022 World Cup.


“We are deeply concerned with FIFA’s decision to appoint Qatar as the host nation for the 2022 World Cup. The lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender community is unlikely to want to attend football’s greatest tournament in a country where homosexuals can be imprisoned for up to five years,” said GFSN campaigns officer Ed Connell.


“With FIFA’s failure to condemn the recent homophobic remarks of the Croatian manager followed swiftly by their decision to award Qatar the World Cup, it is clear that there is still much progress to be made before football really is for all.”


Speaking to the FSF the world governing body responded that all member associations have a responsibility to abide by FIFA statutes opposing discrimination.


“FIFA has a long-standing record in the fight against all forms of discrimination in football. In fact, article 3 of the FIFA Statutes states that “Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.”


While Qatar’s success in winning the bid shocked many pundits the geographically small nation – only 1.7m people live there and the vast majority of those are foreign workers – is massively oil rich and presented Sepp Blatter with an opportunity to take the World Cup to new lands.


However, criticism of FIFA for choosing the emirate to host its flagship tournament hasn’t just been limited to Qatar’s treatment of gay citizens and visitors. A whole host of individuals, media outlets and charities have been quick to attack the decision for football, political and moral reasons.


The inaugural 1930 tournament aside Qatar is the first nation to have been awarded the World Cup despite having never previously qualified. This has lead to criticisms over a lack of football heritage and many asking - who does football belong to? To those who have already embraced it? Or do FIFA have a duty to try and forever expand the game’s reach?


Climate has also proved controversial. Qatar is one of the world’s hottest countries and temperatures can reach a scorching 50°C in the summer months – hardly ideal conditions for players or fans. Franz Beckenbauer who sits on FIFA’s Executive Committee has even suggested rearranging football’s international calendar to accommodate the 2022 World Cup.


“One should think about a different solution. In January or February you have a comfortable 25°C there. Plans for the biggest leagues would have to change for 2022 but that would not be a major undertaking,” said Beckenbauer. “It would be an alternative to using climate control at great expense for stadiums and fanzones.” Qatar’s solution however isn’t to change the calendar but rather change the environment with a whole host of newly built, climate-controlled, “flatpack” stadia.


Should England qualify for 2022 it won’t be the first experience of Qatar for Three Lions fans. Back in November 2009 England lost 1-0 to Brazil in the capital Doha. As England’s travelling support knows though, alcohol restrictions are very tight in Qatar – you cannot take alcohol into the country and even alcoholic mouthwash can be confiscated.


Some hotels and bars do have special licenses to serve alcohol although it’s expensive at anything between £5-8 a pint, and any public drunkenness is strictly prohibited by the authorities. “At least 18 people, mostly foreign nationals, were sentenced to flogging of between 40 and 100 lashes for offences related to “illicit sexual relations” or alcohol consumption,” blogged Amnesty International’s Derek Blanchard.


While debates around football heritage, tournament legacy and attitudes towards alcohol will be central to many fans’ thoughts human rights groups attentions have focused on other issues. Qatar’s treatment of women and migrant workers received much attention with the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) commenting that the “Government of Qatar does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of [human] trafficking.”


Blanchard also shares his concerns around freedom of expression: “Last year at least 11 were convicted of blasphemy, including a Syrian man convicted of “insulting Islam in a fit of rage” for uttering a blasphemous word when the credit on his mobile phone ran out during a conversation.”


While many human rights activists have reservations over Qatar there are some signs that things might be headed in a direction they find more acceptable. In 2009 the Qataris ratified the UN’s Trafficking in Persons Protocol and, with 12 years to go before the 2022 World Cup, there’s still time for emir Hamad bin Khalifa to liberalise laws.


Can FIFA influence this process? Host nations have to grant tax exemptions and pass specially drafted copyright laws to protect the World Cup brand – football’s world governing body has immense power and seems increasingly keen to flex its muscles.


“In the past the FIFA World Cup has helped to overcome social challenges and change perceptions in the countries where it has been organised,” FIFA told the FSF - hinting that the organisation may yet attempt to influence Qatari law.


The next 12 years could lay down a real marker in proving just how far football can or cannot go in effecting societal change on a massive scale.

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Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani accepts the World Cup trophy


Sepp Blatter expects January switch for 2022 World Cup


Fifa president Sepp Blatter expects the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held in January because of the country's intensely hot summers.


The tournament is traditionally held in June and July but temperatures in Qatar at that time of year can top 40C.


Speaking in the Qatari capital Doha, Blatter said: "I expect it [the 2022 World Cup] will be held in winter.


"It is 11 years away but we must decide the most adequate period, which means January or the end of the year."


Blatter, who is in Doha for the start of the Asian Cup, added: "Although we have the basic conditions of their bid for a June and July World Cup, the Fifa executive committee is entitled to change anything that was in the bid. "When you play football you have to protect the main people - the players."


Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke also supports the prospect of the 2022 World Cup being rescheduled.


Speaking in December, he said: "Why not? It means you open the World Cup to countries where they can never play it in June and July because it's never the right period of time.


"If you can do so, it would be a solution to open the organisation of the World Cup to a number of countries in this period which is winter in Europe but not winter in the rest of the world."


He added: "You can't just make a decision to move the tournament and that is it.


"It means you have to change completely when the leagues will play, mainly I would say in Europe. It's less difficult in the rest of the world."


Qatar beat Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to host the tournament in the vote by Fifa's executive committee on 2 December in Zurich. Initially, former German World Cup-winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer had aired his worries about the health risk of the heat to players if the World Cup was staged during the Gulf nation's summer.


Uefa president Michel Platini also recently suggested the idea of moving the 2022 World Cup to December or January.

Meanwhile, Blatter also revealed in December that several nations in the Middle East were interested in hosting games during the 2022 World Cup and that he had met with officials in Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait during a tour of the region.


However, he did not elaborate on which of Qatar's neighbours wanted to host the games, or how many could be hosted, but he pointed out that such a decision would have to come first from Qatar and then from Fifa's 24-man executive committee.


"This demand has to come from the Qatar football organisation by saying we would like to have such and such things and this has to go back to Fifa and the Fifa executive committee has to say open it or don't open it," he said. "I can say all these countries are very happy. First of all, the World Cup is going to the Middle East and they are interested - I would say a little bit more than interested - to be part of this competition.


"It is a wish. It is easy to say but it is not so easy to realise. For the time being, it's too early."



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