Qatar's World Cup 2022 hosting rights are under jeopardy
European lawmakers press FIFA for re-vote
FIFA's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar is set to garner further spotlight attention, following a statement from The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), who will be scrutinising and discussing the topic today. It is thought that leading European lawmakers likely to ask for the bidding process to be re-run.
Qatar was announced to have presented the winning bid in December 2010, but reports of human rights abuse and migrant worker deaths have steeped pressure on FIFA to reallocate the finals tournament. Evidence unearthed by The Sunday Times newspaper also claims through a series of emails, that one time FIFA official, Mohamed bin Hammam paid out around $5 million cash payments to football officials worldwide, to secure their support for the Qatar bid.
The PACE statement said that the procedure of voting for 2022 world cup venue was so "fundamentally undermined by illegality" that it should be re-run using fairer procedures.
While the increased opposition to Qatar's status as host will add to the pressure placed on FIFA of late, the Council of Europe has no official jurisdiction over world football's governing body. It remains to be seen whether FIFA will call for an official re-vote.