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Blatter: Qatar’s reliance on foreign handball players an ‘absurdity’

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter
FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Blasting the high number of foreign players on Qatar’s national handball team, FIFA’s president has warned the Gulf state that its athletic selection process would be closely watched ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

In a historic run, Qatar’s squad made it to the Men’s Handball World Championship finals for the first time last week before being defeated by France.

National handball team players
Qatar national handball team players

But despite its stellar performance, the team was heavily criticized by many for being comprised largely of foreign-born players from Europe.

In his latest editorial in FIFA Weekly, Blatter waded into the debate, saying the International Handball Federation (IHF) shouldn’t allow so many naturalized players to compete.

The official, who is campaigning for a fifth term as FIFA president in May, added that Qatar’s squad “contradict(ed) the spirit of a national team.”

He continued:

“The fact that sport builds social bridges and brings cultures together cannot be stressed often enough.

However, what happened at this year’s men’s world handball championship in Qatar stretched this notion to the point of absurdity.”

FIFA regulations

As host of the 2022 tournament, Qatar’s national team will automatically be allowed to compete, regardless of its international ranking (which is currently 92nd but climbing).

However, FIFA’s rules for allowing foreign-born players on a national team are considerably stricter than the IHF’s. According to Blatter, a player, his parents or grandparents have to born in the country he represents. Or, he must have lived in the country for at least five years after turning 18 years old.

Qatar U-19 football team after 2014 Gulf Cup win.
Qatar U-19 football team after 2014 Gulf Cup win.

Qatar is mindful of the rules, and has been working to cultivate homegrown talent in the four years since its been awarded FIFA hosting rights.

Last April for example, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced that it would be reducing the number of foreign players in the coming seasons.

The new focus would be on developing young local players, training more Qatari referees and coaches and reaching out to the community to bring in fans, QFA said at the time.

But analysts say youth development is difficult because Qatari players are not necessarily attracted to the contracts offered to them, and their families may not be supportive of them pursuing careers in sports.

Thoughts?

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MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Why would you want to take any notice of this corrupt man, FIFA is morally bankrupt and he has destroyed the image of the game. Fifa awards the WC to Qatar and then starts to criticises their approach to other sports. What nonsense.

If Qatar wants to have a full team of non Qatar born footballers then so be it if it’s within the rules. It can’t be any worse than what Septic “bellend” Bladder and his cronies have done to fifa.

HalfManArmy
HalfManArmy
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I don’t know which one of us has changed but I’m finding your comments to be reasonable over the past few months.

MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago

I’m fully expecting to see Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Christiano Ronaldo and Van Persie wearing Thobes and having a coffee down at Landmark Mall after having been naturalized in readiness for 2022…. ; )

Diego
Diego
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

And Bladder would not even blink as long as he was in there for his upteenth term as president for life.

Ben
Ben
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

And smoking ot course

Heisenberg
Heisenberg
6 years ago

This f@c£ing guy

jesse
jesse
6 years ago
Reply to  Heisenberg

dude, let’s cook?

Heisenberg
Heisenberg
6 years ago
Reply to  jesse

Better call Soul first

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

Blatter criticises Qatar. Has his latest cheque not arrived on time?

Bo
Bo
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

He has bigger balls then i thought considering i thought they were firmly in the grip of Qatar…

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

Cheque bounced

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Signatory out of town sir

sai
sai
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

This should be the tagline of Qatar!!

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

I have pity with the “fans”. They haven’t understood that it’s not about sports anymore. It’s a business. Nothing else. And in business every dirty trick is allowed.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago

The ramblings of a desperate old oligarch, fruitlessly grasping for credibility, in light of his imminent demise.

What a sad old tw@t!!

Diego
Diego
6 years ago

Maybe he is trying to posture himself for his election.Sports is business,and his looking for another term is all about business.One can critize some things in Qatar’s evolution, but how can one fault the development of sports in a Country whose population is small.You should not give on one end and take away on another.Bladder is bad for Football.Period.

terracotta
terracotta
6 years ago

Rules of IHF is clear. So why blame Qatar?

Jeff Hollingsworth
Jeff Hollingsworth
6 years ago

Ive lived in Qatar for the last 17 years and represented then in the F2 power boat series, with pride, the event they put on for the Handball WC was so well organised and really was world class, respect to Qatar firstly for putting on such a cracking event and they deserved a spot in the finals, Well done Qatar !!! Roll on 2022 !!

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago

What a disgrace to sports world.. buying players for money.. if u dont have talent try to build it. Only knows to eat, $hit and drive.. loosers….

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Players from other countries has been a normal occurrence in sports for years. New Zealanders play rugby in several other national team programs, Canadians play ice hockey in several other national team programs so why should handball or football be any different. Having a few exceptional players from other countries can help lift the game in emerging markets…

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  SullyofDoha

A few? How bout a whole team? LOL

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  SullyofDoha

Its not only the case with one or 2 players or teams… athletics or football or watever.. qatar buys stars from other nations.. thats actually pathetic..

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

It can’t be as pathetic as your language skills though.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Saleem the desert barbarian go eat $hit

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

What an angry gando!

Arabian
Arabian
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

HAHA

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Calm down barbarian. Your era was 1200ad. This is 21st century.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Says the gando who loves rape.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

This Barbarian is a Pimp who sells gals for money to do terror.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Smelly gando

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Stinking barbarian saleem..

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

When was the last time you showered gando? And walking outside when it happened to rain does not count.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

When was the last time you had some food other than $hit. barbarian saleem is a $hit eater.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

LOL! Can you afford better food dirty gando?

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Saleem barbarian.. come and eat your morning quota, its ready in my toilet.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

You live in a toilet poor gando!

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

U lives in sewage tank and eats it.. stinking barbarian saleem. One thing u can be proud of. Ur tounge is better than toilet paper.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Sorry, I can understand English, not Gandolish. LOL

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Cracks poor jokes and laughs himself. Typical barbarian $hit eater. Lol..
you will have a super lunch. I had eggs bread and milk for breakfast. Enjoy!

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Don’t lie gando, you know those foods are out of your budget range!!! LOL

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

I know you will start begging shortly since oil prices r record low. Dont worry we have technology science and agriculture. You will get ur quota everyday, i assure u.. come on cheerup.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Dumb gando you left your country for a job, not me! LOL.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Dirty barbarian saleem dont know a $hit. Similar to how ur stupid country hires players as said in this news they hires talents as well since the idi0t citizens like u dont know how to do a job other than $hit eating. If this was not the case you dirty uncivilized fools would have wandering through the desert searching camel $hit and piss and u would be eating ur own $hit. Luckily now u can eat mine. So relax and think. Btw how was ur lunch? Super?

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

LMAO! Gando is very angry!

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Barbarian saleem becoming silent. Seems growing some brain after hearing the lecture. Slowly slowly understanding he is good for nothing other than scavenging.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

I just find it funny how a gando let’s bollywood influence his understanding of the world, but dirty gandos will be gandos.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Poor saleem the barbarian thinks his tiny $hitty country is the world and its flat and completely desert. Such a disgrace.. scumbag..

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Blah blah blah… just stfu and go home stinky gando.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Dirty barbarian Saleem is fedup thinking about himself. Go and milk camel. Will let u know when dinner is ready.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

No gando, you work for me remember? After you are done with the camel go clean the bathrooms. Actually don’t, a dirty gando will make the bathroom stink more!!! LOL

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

I work to fck ur wfe.. after eating u shud clean the plate urself..thats manners..

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Yes gandos are known for raping, because no clean woman agrees to be with a gando! LMAO. Thanks for confirming what we already know.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Thanks 4 confirming ur wfe is dirty. And its bcoz u r impo. Poor barbarian good 4 nothing. Y cant u die urself rather than bcoming a burden to earth. A real real scumbag. $hit eater saleem.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Dude you are a gando who can’t spell, learn some English after cleaning the bathroom.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Saleem u r jus a Dirty arab barbarian or a paki. U know just to eat $hit. Come and clean my @ss with ur tounge. Good 4 nothing fellow. Scumbag..

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Gandos like you sleep with rats and smell like sewers.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Stop hijacking the thread, guys. One more outburst like this on another story and you’re both banned.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

I will $hit on you punk.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Another looser… saleem himself is a $hit..

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Your English is $hit, lol! Go eat $hit birdbrains.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Your culture and language is real $hit. A typical middleeast barbarian. Dude its 21st century..grow ur brain. People like u just adds some weight to earth, no other use. U are a real ugly desert barbarian. Shame on u.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

LOL! Dude learn some basic English before you lecture anyone about culture or language.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Lol.. see who is talking… its Saleem the desert barbarian.. you will be known in this name going forward.. in ur view english is a language to say $hit. Better educate urself to speak in a good language.
SALEEM.. THE DESERT BARBARIAN..who likes $hit for dinner.. enjoy…

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Do you just type random letters on your keyboard and hope it produces meaningful sentences in English? LOL!!!

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Mine is not a stupid arabic keyboard like urs..

RajoGando
RajoGando
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Be careful, he’s indian. He might kill you with his smell.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  RajoGando

Another goat and camel stinking middleeast barbarian. Uses perfumes as cover to hide the smell of camel $hit.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Maybe… You both need to find a room?

Somewhere else!

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Your home will do, you offering?

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

I think I was succinct – somewhere else!

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

I accept your offer. See you in an hour.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

My retort is under consideration – by DN!

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

There is no retort, you made an offer and I accepted. See you in a few minutes.

ButterChicken
ButterChicken
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

Go back to India M.F.

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  ButterChicken

It will be ur M .. u headless chicken.. looser..

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  ButterChicken

another deep thinker i see

Kal
Kal
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

you lingam worshiping filth, come and such my d**k. thats what you worthy off.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Kal

real clever

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Kal

Haha.poor guy.dont watch much p0rn.get a life.loser.

Marco Polo
Marco Polo
6 years ago
Reply to  Qtr sks

“loosers” ?

Qtr sks
Qtr sks
6 years ago
Reply to  Marco Polo

Marco polo? Born for italian?

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

This continuous harassment of Qatar because of this WC does not seem to be innocent. I am suspecting some a**holes at the FIFA are trying to push Qatar to drop the event on its own rather than by a FIFA decision that might be ethically-questionable and financially ruinous.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago

Oh please, who’s trying to do the moral policing? This man has been shamelessly clinging on to power since I was still in my teens. And he has the audacity to put Qatar in line?

So every sports body doesn’t have the same rules. There’s diversity. If Qatar has made use of the loopholes to a ‘larger extent’ than others, including European countries crying foul now, why should they be blamed? They’re within the rules.

Half of the Qatar-bashers in here come from countries that are 10 to 100 times bigger than this place. Please wake up and understand that it’s not that Qatar don’t want an all-Qatari team. They’re more than willing to build one. But where’s the human resources? So if an ambitious country wants to do something in sport, and they follow the rules to get it done, what’s the big deal? It’s just a case of sour grapes for the haters.

Qatar are indeed trying to build up their base. ASPIRE Academy is helping a lot. Six to seven players in the AFC Asian Cup team are actual Qataris. So development is indeed happening, but people just gloss over it, because after all, Qatar is bad, right?

Give some credit to the country, mates. Monetarily, they lag far behind Saudi Arabia or the UAE. But are either of these countries (or any other in the GCC) putting the money where their mouths are? These guys are at least investing in sports. How many tournaments would’ve gone completely caput had the Qataris not stepped in? The FINA Swimming Short Course Worlds, the IHF Super Globe, FIVB Club Volleyball World Championship… examples are many. Give them a little credit, please.

The hate mails may now begin!

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

Blatter never said they broke the RULES of the game, just the SPIRIT. And it’s true. Maybe the US, or any other non cricket playing country, should just go buy a bunch of cricketeers and be world champs in that. It’s called building a foundation for the future. You take your lumps and come out with character for having striven to reach that point. But actually developing ANYTHING here is out of the question.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

But how would they develop anything if at every turn, there are sceptics who say they cannot do anything?

And I would disagree with your statement ‘developing anything is out question’. In gymnastics, they’ve built up a mostly-Qatari team from scratch. They’re performing well at the younger levels. Give them a little time and they shall prove your sentiment wrong.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

That’s great. It should be across the board then instead of trying to buy instant success which is not sustainable. The skeptics come from the fact that a guy named Christian is/was on the Nat’l Football Team. et al. And by “not developing anything” I mean from society to sports.

Viewpoint
Viewpoint
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

End of the day we must all realise that Qatar is a very young and developing country (Less than 100 YEARS) unlike most other countries it competes with. Every nation has to go through its natural evolution and build its character culture accordingly.

They are trying to expedite their growth and naturally drawing criticism for it but in time I am sure they will have their own to work with

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

There is more criticism about Sepp-tic Bladder than Qatar in these comments. What u on about?

Pete
Pete
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

In all sports there are rules about naturalisation in sport…fair enough. For me,the problem is the fact that citizenship offered in Qatar is withdrawn once the player can no longer “do his job”. At least that’s my understanding.

JD
JD
6 years ago

Look at this map from 2014 Brazil WC, it shows international connections of all players:
http://codehesive.com/wc-ancestry/

hohum
hohum
6 years ago
Reply to  JD

The difference being that these player’s ancesters, family, migrated to these countries and were developed within the country. Qatar purely buys players when they are of use.

I know that within the Australia case many of these family linkages were due to war and searching for a more prosperous place to call home.

I Would love to know how many of the past Qatari National football team mercenaries still have Qatari citizenship and have the full rights and benefits that non naturalised Qataris have.

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago
Reply to  hohum

None of them gets full Qatari rights. They will always be Non-Qataris.

Nuremburg
Nuremburg
6 years ago

The IHF and FIFA have ridiculous naturalization requirements. It is silly for Blatter to criticize a country for legally abiding by his guidelines.

KK
KK
6 years ago

Isn’t this the 77 year old guy being rumoured to have an affair with still-married-wife-with-2-kids Linda Barra ?

Coco
Coco
6 years ago

What’s the problem with “importing locals”? None. Would be better if they focused on club teams rather than national team but still…it’s a sporting event. Athletes get paid, fans get to see the Qatar jerseys on someone who can actually play a sport…everyone is happy. I’d rather have “white qataris” participate in sporting events than no qataris.

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
5 years ago

Another country that uses the foreign born players in its national team is East Timor. They went on to beat Mongolia on the first qualifying match for Russia 2018. These foreign players do not follow the FIFA ‘s criteria on 5 years residence in East Timor or have any ancestors from the country. The FFTL (East Timor’s FA) should be suspended for breaking the rules.

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