Dr Said, it's nota case of sourgrapes; think about it. Was there one country bidding against Qatar that didn't have equal or better reason? The fact is that there wasn't. Every country has better infrastructure, more relaxed and open laws, and stadia. The biggest stadium in Qatar doesnt even come close to stadia in any other country. Furthermore, the stadia that Qatar has drawn up will be shipped off to developing states that do not havethe resources to maintain them! Doing the game a favor? I beg to differ.
The idea is brought up that FIFA will be spreading the game. Qatar bragged about being a football mad nation. How can the game be spread in a country that is already mad about it? If this were the reason that FIFA was using, then surely Australia is the better bid! At least they have stadia AND have qualified for the WC in the past!
And then you say that the US was simply to dumb to see it coming. You, sir, I hope you die in a freak yachting accident. You openly admit that FIFA and the whole qatar bid was corrupt, and then attempt to justify it. I, on the other hand, hold hope for fair play and equality.
Author, I thank you for writing exactly what I have been arguing. I'll buy you a drink one day, but obviously not at the 2022 WC. I'll be watching it with my kid at the bar. It'll be less crowded, and at least I can get a beer.
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