England World Cup 2022?

Will Qatar lose World Cup rights and will England benefit?

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Qatar on track to host World Cup 2022

According to the BBC a new report suggests that the political tensions in the area have put the showpiece event in jeopardy.

The decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with their Gulf neighbour has had an impact on preparations for the tournament.

There are now major doubts as to whether the bold £153billion scheme to build eight stadiums, 64 training grounds and a travel infrastructure is viable.

But Ghanim Ali Al Kuwari, Qatar's competition venues executive director, says they are still on track to be ready for the tournament in five years.

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England World Cup 2022?

The sports pages of UK newspapers have been filled with speculation that Qatar might lose its right to host the 2022 football World Cup and that England might be able to pick up the pieces.

The Daily Mail carried the headline 'England could still host 2022 World Cup amid 'fears of terrorism, war and corruption in Qatar'.

The Evening Standard, meanwhile, printed 'Qatar could lose World Cup 2022 over increased ‘political risk’ - But could England host it?'

The speculation has arisen after a report was leaked that questioned the security of hosting the tournament in Qatar.

The Telegraph explained the situation: "A row broke out on Friday over whether Qatar’s staging of the 2022 World Cup was under threat after a report warning of “an increasing political risk” to the tournament was leaked.

"The study, carried out by management consultants Cornerstone Global, was passed to the BBC amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis which has engulfed the tiny, gas-rich emirate and its neighbours.

"The document assesses the impact of June’s decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with Qatar, which they accused of destabilising the Middle East and supporting terrorism."

The bidding procedure to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup began in January 2009.

In December, FIFA confirmed that Qatar would become the official host. At the time The Guardian reported that Qatar will become the first Middle Eastern hosts of the World Cup after Sepp Blatter, then-FIFA president, announced the 22 executive committee members had voted to award the 2022 tournament to a country of only 1.7 million people. Qatar managed to beat off the rival bids from the United States, who had been considered the favourites by many, as well as Australia, South Korea and Japan.

Qatar will also be the first nation since Italy in 1934 to host the World Cup without ever taking part in the competition. The national team lost out to Syria in the qualifying matches of the tournament.

Various controversies have surrounded Qatar's hosting of the competition. Not least, sports commentators have said the country's climate will be too hot for the sporting event.

Will this latest controversy be the straw that breaks Qatar's back? Will it lose its right to host the game, or survive, as it already has in the past?

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