Qatar to be stripped of 2022 World Cup at odds of 1/2 with Coral
FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger has sparked up further interest in the 2022 World Cup, by releasing comments in a German newspaper, casting doubts over Qatar hosting the event. Ever since FIFA’s vote handed the tournament to the Gulf State, the decision has come with a flurry of controversy. There have been claims of vote corruption (leading Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to call for a revote), reports of poor worker conditions (a Guardian investigation saying that one worker per day was dying in the country on the project), and worries over the dangers of the high heat during the summer.
Online betting site Coral reacted rapidly to Zwanziger’s comments by quoting odds of 1/2 that Qatar will get the 2022 World Cup taken away from them. Zwanziger asserts that the scorching temperatures will force Fifa into changing its mind.
Zwanziger told German newspaper Bild:
“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar.
Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions.
They may be able to cool the stadiums but a World Cup does not take place only there. Fans from around the world will be coming and travelling in this heat and the first life-threatening case will trigger an investigation by a state prosecutor. That is not something Fifa ExCo members want to answer for.”
For punters who believe that FIFA aren’t going to go back on their decision and make an admission that they were wrong, banking on Qatar getting their air-conditioning plans for stadiums right, that or having the tournament moved to the winter, can take odds of 6/4 that the Gulf State will host the 2022 as planned.
The head of Qatar’s World Cup organising committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, responded to Zwanziger comments, saying he had no fear his country would lose hosting rights.
Al Thawadi is positive that “a World Cup in summer is possible” and has insisted Qatar’s “outdoor cooling technology” works. He said that “No, I do not have any fear. First of all there is no basis to lose it. And secondly it is the first ever World Cup in the Middle East,” when asked about concerns over losing the World Cup.
With the latest words from Zwanziger, in Coral’s opinion, all of this is likely to be leading to one thing, Qatar being stripped of the tournament once and for all.
Spokesman for Coral, Simon Clare said:
“Despite an incredible amount of of public anger and frustration at Fifa’s decision to award the World Cup to Qatar, few people seriously thought that the event would be taken away from them.
There has presumably been millions of pounds invested by now into preparations for the World Cup in Qatar so the implications of reversing the decision will surely be significant, and yet we are now saying it is odds-on that the World Cup will be staged somewhere else in eight years time.