Monday July 7th, 2014

A U.S. senator has added his name to a growing list of voices calling for FIFA to strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup. 

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has urged soccer's governing body to move the tournament from Qatar to the United States, which originally bid to host the 2022 competition. 

In an appearance on ESPN podcast "Capital Games," Casey said that "the interest of fairness" dictates that America should host in 2022, according to an ABC News report. Casey sent a letter to soccer leaders pointing out alleged corruption during the bidding process as well as poor working conditions in the Gulf state, per the report. 

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Casey said FIFA had an obligation for the World Cup to be a positive example of basic human rights:

“FIFA has an obligation and I think individual countries have an obligation to meet the highest standards,” Casey said. “There’s no reason why you can’t have a successful World Cup in a particular country and still have basic labor standards, and not have this cloud of corruption hanging over it as well.”

After reports surfaced that representatives of Qatar allegedly made bribes to secure the 2022 World Cup, a number of British MPs called for FIFA to relocate the competition. Qatar has faced criticism over alleged corruption and its human rights record, as well as the fact that the tournament may have to be played in the winter due to the Gulf state's extremely hot summer weather. 

-Stanley Kay

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