Stripping Qatar of World Cup remains a possibility if new evidence emerges

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10 June 2015 9:30 PM AEST: The current imbroglio dogging the world’s most beautiful game has just gotten further compounded with FIFA stopping the very bidding process for the 2026 World Cup. Countries aspiring for the 2026 tournaments are to go to polls in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017.

Those who want to see Qatar stripped of the World Cup are rather likely to read the development as a step closer to the fulfillment of their wish.

The oil-rich Gulf nation is accused of putting Nepalese and Indian labourers to medieval work environment resulting in a death rate, if allowed to continue, will see the demise of 4000 of impoverished migrants by the time it hosts the 2022 games.

imagesThe news comes amid a growing doubt cast over the future of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to be hosted by Russia and Qatar respectively. Swiss and US authorities allege there have been widespread corruption in awarding these tournaments.

“Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed,” The Telegraph quoted FIFA’s secretary general Jerome Valcke as saying.

Guardian report suggested there remains a possibility of the either country losing the hosting rights, “A disputed summary of a Fifa ethics committee report last year ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to strip either country of the World Cup but the head of the audit and compliance committee, Domenico Scala, has confirmed it remains a possibility if new evidence emerges.”

The Play Fair Qatar campaign of the International Trade Union Confederation claims there have been confirmed deaths of 1420 migrant workers from India, Nepal and Bangladesh between 2012 and 2014. It warns that’s 40 deaths a month and estimates each game of the 2022 World Cup tournament will have killed at least 62 migrants should the current substandard work conditions continue.

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