Qatar still set to host the World Cup 2022 as Fifa go into meltdown
FIFA were left in disarray on Wednesday as the authorities swooped in to arrest executives from the world football’s governing body. Nine FIFA official and 5 corporate executives have been indicted for corruption, racketeering and conspiracy and could be extradited to the US to face charges. President Sepp Blatter remains untouched.
With investigations ongoing about corruption of the voting process to award the World Cup to countries, FIFA were quick to state that the original voting results which sends the world’s biggest football tournament to Russia in 2018 and then to Qatar in 2022 will all stand. Swiss prosecutors have also launched a separate criminal case into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.
Earlier in the day, online betting site Ladbrokes have re-opened their World Cup 2022 host market, and installed the USA at a short quote of 3/1. The USA have long been favourites to swoop in and take the 2022 World Cup from Qatar, as there has been so much controversy and issues from the moment the result of the vote was made.
The USA had a great infrastructure set up already to host a World Cup, so moving it there wouldn’t be any real hassle. But Qatar remain the 1/6 favourites with the USA and Australia (8/1) the two most likely nations to host the tournament if the FIFA meltdown worsens. England are the 25/1 sixth favourites to host the event.
David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “News of the FIFA arrests has brought the issue of the 2022 World Cup back into the spotlight.”
Ladbrokes betting – Who will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
South Korea 25/1
Ladbrokes still make FIFA president Sepp Blatter long odds-on to be elected for a fifth term. William Hill though did ease Blatter a little from 1-20 to 1-12, while Coral were offering 2-5 that the 79-year-old retains his role and went just 7-4 that his challenger Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan is successful. The vote for the next presidency was due to be on Thursday and Paddy Power initially went 1-2 that it goes ahead. However, Uefa yesterday called for the vote to be postponed, prompting William Hill to offer 9-4 that it takes place.