The prestigious FIFA organization had been asked by the Sports Federation to look into the matter. The deal was supposedly facilitated by Al Jazeera Qatar funded television and online media channel, just before the bids for the hosting opened in 2010.
Strangely, in December later that year, Qatar beat rival bids from the United States, Australia, South Korea, and Japan to host the tournament.
Since Qatar started to build a massive infrastructure to host the FIFA 2020 World Cup, the humanitarian organization Amnesty International had been repeatedly throwing light on the dehumanizing acts of the Qatar government in the use of migrant workers and the low or no wage payment situations in building the army of stadia.
The news of such a deal was unearthed first in the whistleblower book from inside Australia’s failed 2022 bid, Bonita Mersiades who mentioned how Qatar had promised a bonus and how the FIFA executives were concerned about the organization’s future funding if, Qatar did not get the bid to host the World Cup in 2020.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was also in the know of things. He was later banned for nine years from football for corruption. But Qatar still got to host the world cup and is now showing itself as a perfect host, fighting inter-cultural dilemma as it subsidizes beer for the participating teams, especially Britain.
It is also showing great clemency as it backtracks on its previous assertions that homosexuality is considered a blasphemous crime in Islam and that Qatar would not host any athlete that held the status of the ‘other sex’.
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