Diplomatic Crisis in Middle East Not Expected to Interfere in 2022 World Cup Planning


JUNE 06, 2017

Jakarta. The world's football governing body, FIFA, claimed that a recent diplomatic row in the Middle East, which saw Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates cut formal relations with Qatar, has not affected the latter's right to host the 2022 World Cup.

The five countries have accused Qatar of providing financial support to terror groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, who has in turn denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

However, the Gulf state has earlier faced criticism for the poor working conditions of contractors helping to construct facilities in preparation for the 2022 cup.

Nevertheless, FIFA said on Monday (05/06) it will uphold its contract with Qatar, with no planned sanctions in sight.

"We are in regular contact with and have spoken to the Qatar 2022 Local Organizing Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy handling matters related to the World Cup," FIFA said in a statement, as reported by Sky Sports.

"We have no further comments for the time being," it added.