FIFA official: Take 2022 World Cup from Qatar, hold future Cup in region
FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger has proposed taking the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar and replacing it with a future tournament to be held throughout the Arab region, according to the Associated Press.
Zwanziger said "world football will not come to peace" if the tournament is not taken away from Qatar. Instead, Zwanziger proposes holding the 2026 tournament in the winter in a variety of countries throughout the Arab region, including Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Zwanziger will leave the executive committee in May.
Qatar has been accused of human rights violations in connection with its World Cup preparations. Thousands of migrant workers have been used to build the stadiums and accommodations for the tournament.
A report earlier this month from The Guardian said laborers from North Korea were part of "state-sponsored slavery."
The Qatari government admitted in May that more than 1,000 migrant workers had died in the country.
- Dan Gartland