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Qatar defends World Cup bid in UK newspaper

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Amid an onslaught of media criticism from around the world, the president of Qatar’s Football Association – and board member of the 2022 organizing committee –  has written an article for a major British newspaper highlighting the reasons he believes the 2022 football tournament should be hosted in the country.

In recent weeks, public comments from Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy have largely been focused on denying recent allegations that officials bribed FIFA executives in exchange for votes.

However, in an op-ed for The Guardian‘s ‘Comment is Free’ section, Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmad Al Thani writes that despite its high summer temperatures and lack of footballing history, Qatar presented the most compelling case to host the tournament.

In the column, which is entitled ‘Qatar had the strongest bid for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Here’s why,’ he also states that the country ‘played strictly by the rules’ during the bidding process:

“Fifa members were reassured, too, by our success in staging other major sporting events, such as the 2006 Asian Games, the 2011 Pan-Arab games and the 2011 Asia Cup.

Qatar’s compact size gave these events a very different feel, another positive for Fifa members. We spoke of a World Cup where teams and fans won’t have to fly huge distances between venues, unlike in Brazil, or in Russia in four years’ time. They recognised as well that Qatar is a stable and peaceful society with one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

The heat of our summer is seen by some critics as the main reason why we could not possibly have won fair and square. But we showed how matches could be played and watched in comfortable conditions.

I accept that we spent more money campaigning than other bids, but this was solely to catch up with our better known rivals. We had to tell people about our country and what we could offer, to overcome the perceived obstacles. But from the day we launched our bid to the day our country’s name was pulled from the envelope in Zurich, we played strictly by the rules.”

However, Al Thani’s arguments did not appear to sway those Guardian readers who were inclined to share their thoughts online. Virtually all of the 300 comments left on the article were negative, as was the response on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/alex07fcb/status/480238661033033728

FIFA has an investigator, Michael Garcia, looking into bribery allegations, and he is expected to file his conclusions next month.

However, this inquiry has failed to satisfy some, including the World Cup’s main sponsors, among them Adidas and Sony, who took the rare step of publicly expressing “concern” over the allegations in recent weeks.

More opinions

In a separate development, a former White House security adviser has called recent media reports that FIFA ignored a report concluding Qatar was at a high risk of terrorism attacks “more of a smear campaign than honest journalism.”

Writing in the Eurasia Review, Quintan Wiktorowicz argues that Qatar’s geography and minimal history of terrorism offer no compelling case as to why the country faces a greater risk of violence than other bid nations:

“The UK Foreign Office’s foreign travel advice calls attacks in Qatar ‘unlikely’; and the 2014 assessment by firms Aon Risk Solutions and The Risk Advisory Group rates the risk of terrorism and political violence in Qatar as ‘negligible’ (the only country in the Middle East and North Africa with this rating).

For comparison, Qatar rates better in the 2014 assessment than both the United States and the UK, where the risk is considered ‘low.’”

Meanwhile, calls for Qatar to be stripped of the tournament continue. On Friday, US Senator Bob Casey wrote to FIFA asking that the 2022 World Cup be handed to his country “due to significant concerns regarding workers’ rights in Qatar and corrupt practices surrounding the original Qatari bid for the tournament.”

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Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago

The British press is the world’s biggest cry baby with cheap & manipulative articles. They crib and cry about everything, now they are cribbing about Qatar, out of jealousy, what else is new.

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

No. The bigger cry babies are those who are whining about the allegations and how the big mean British media is picking on poor Qatar.

If the articles aren’t true, file a libel suit for damages. Simple enough, and it would resolve the issue.

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

You are mistaken, it’s the England football team who’s calling them “big mean British media”.

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

I’m not an England supporter, but at least they don’t need to host the world cup in order to qualify to play for it.

sicti
sicti
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

This is low….

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Fair enough. I guess I’m getting tired of the whole racist claims. Are some people in Britain racist? Sure. Are some people in Qatar racist? Of course. Is that why the British press is so hard on Qatar and its WC bid, maybe a little but that’s not the driving reason.

I’ve never had a problem with Qatar’s bid. And IF bribes changed hands, Qatar was merely using the resources available to it to win. If they are caught and FIFA goes through the charade of being outraged and strips Qatar of its hosting rights, then that is the risk that was taken. If Qatar’s committee acted ethically and is being wrongly accused, then file a suit. People win them all the time against shoddy press reporting.

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Might be, but its true. Look, my country of birth had to host it in order to get to play in it too, doesn’t make it any less true though.

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago

Kick out all the British citizens from Qatar as India did before 60-65 years!
They don’t deserve to stay here…

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
7 years ago

‘Slow clap’ for such an insightful proclamation 😛

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago

That’s a bit rude … the British expats have as much the right to be here as any other expats … perhaps a bit more for their excellent contribution to Qatar.

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

Excellent contribution? Where? You mean all the double handling processes they have introduced to the public sector, stamp this stamp that…….

AEC
AEC
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

LOL – like the Raj lives on – just with more money…

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

They had to come up with a plan to employ the masses when they ruled India… 😉

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago
Reply to  Saffa

their strategy was simple
‘divide n rule’

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Actually I think this has been imported wholesale from countries East rather than West…

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  Saffa

Yep the stamping and sending from one office to another, no linked up service provision etc is so draconian and frustrating…more East then West I agree…

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

My friend, I have many reasons behind this idea, but Qatar doesn’t allow me to be rude here as per its law otherwise I would have shown you what is the actual meaning being rude here….

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

Yep. Do that, great idea.

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٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶
7 years ago

I would be very interested to hear your logic behind this statement, what in your mind have British Citizens done so that “they don’t deserve to stay here”?

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago

Why did India kicked them out from our country? If u give the answer of this question, then I will tell u the reason, logic etc..,

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٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶
7 years ago

“Why did India kicked them out from our country?” – Do you feel that the answer to that question is directly related to your comment regarding the expulsion of British citizens from Qatar or is answering the question an entry requirement for you to answer my previous question? Akin to the tactics deployed by “The Riddler”!

Moizuddin Mohammed please do not feel that you have to be defense with me, I am truly interested in your point of view and your logic

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago

You don’t have any answer friend…..

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7 years ago

Are you honestly looking for me to educate you on the history of your own country? Because if that is the case then I am sorry to tell you that Indian or British history is not my field of expertise. However, I am sure you can find lots of educational reading material on Amazon if you wish to advance your knowledge on the subject.

However I fail to see how that correlates to your earlier post, it was quite an inflammatory remark, one that I immediately assumed was borne out of ignorance and flawed logic however I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt to explain your logic but alas you seem unwilling or unable to do so therefore I have lost interest in this topic.

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago

defend how much you can but the fact doesn’t change!

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7 years ago

What fact?

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago

They live, earn, eat in Qatar but always talk against about Qatar. I won’t say much what they say about this country as I don’t want to create any situation…. If you ask me how do I know this? the answer is I have worked for 4 years with them and heard many things against Qatari Govt. and the living culture of Qataris….. All I mean to say is that If you don’t like any country, what the h*** r u doing here? Just leave!

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٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶
7 years ago

Thank you, that is all I wanted to know. So in essence your argument is: based on four years of personal experience working with British nationals you have concluded that all British citizens residing in Qatar hate Qatar and should therefore be expelled from the country, is that correct?

You are entitled to your opinion and I have no interest in debating it with you, I just wanted to understand what motivated you to make such a comment, and I appreciate you affording me that opportunity.

I’m going to sign off this conversation with three quotes from a great man, I hope you can find some wisdom in them. Have a great day.

1: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”

2. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind”

3. “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit”

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago

the truth is bitter
but what to do truth is truth

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago

Stealth mode:

You, Sir, are a Paridae!

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
7 years ago

‘They’?
Always dangerous when an entire group of people is stereotyped then shown as all to blame for something. You should take more care, my friend.

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

I think you are right! Every country has good and bad people.
But I found everybody same in my organisation. Anyways, I apologize If I have included all the good people too in my comments.

Ivan Brendieswski
Ivan Brendieswski
7 years ago

But they do. They come, they milk Qatar for all they can, and then they leave. You sound jealous – do you not have that sort of option?

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago

Just leave!

Drum roll, BA-Dum, Craassssh!

Oh well.. that sorts all! G’night

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago

Interwebs user, meet troll 🙂

Jinbaobao
Jinbaobao
7 years ago

Was it something to do with poor management of the railway system?

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

I think you will find the British left, Indians did not win any war of independence. It was uneconomical to run India anymore, no money left in it. India is not even a country anyway, an artifical construction by the British in 1947.

Moizuddin Mohammed
Moizuddin Mohammed
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

🙂 I have no comments for your response my friend
Coz the world knows what India is and was
I don’t have to explain about my country

Ivan Brendieswski
Ivan Brendieswski
7 years ago

Kicked out? Umm, the Brits packed up and left and handed the keys back.

DEEM
DEEM
7 years ago

Ah. I’ve been waiting for that. Should Qatar have the right to host the World Cup stripped from them – and personally I hope and pray they do not – there will be consequences. Hundreds of construction and infrastructure projects will stop; thousands of workers will be out of a job; millions – if not billions of dollar contracts will be defaulted – watch the law suits fly when THAT happens. And yes, I would not be surprised if, as appears to be the perception, that the British press are the cause of all this, I expect there will be reprisals against British interests and citizens here in Qatar.

I was as incredulous as everyone else when Qatar won. Of course, when a country with little footballing legacy, inadequate (at the time) infrastructure, no where near enough stadia capacity, not to mention the climate – of course a percentage of the population will cry “foul” – especially when the country concerned happens to be the richest in the world.
But let’s look at that a moment. Look around you at the work being done to build that infrastructure and the stadia. What other nation could have done that? And let’s not forget the companies contracted to do this work are, for the large part -overseas companies all making many millions out of Qatar.

And as for the climate…. I watched a match from Brazil last week. Temperature was 32, humidity, 68% – that same precise time, here in Doha, the temperature was 36 and the humidity 28%. Not so different is it? As for ” no footballing history” – what like the United States, you mean?

I am a Brit. I love being in Qatar. I will be very disappointed if the World Cup 2022 is taken from them. They have taken on a mammoth task, in the face of some real hard line – and in some circles downright scurrilous criticism, but they are doing it. We see it everyday. I can think of no other country in the world with the vision, the capacity and the resources to undertake the task, and I can’t wait to see it all come together in June 2022. If I’m not still here, I will definitely come back to see it.

Ivan Brendieswski
Ivan Brendieswski
7 years ago
Reply to  DEEM

Not disagreeing with what you say, just want to add that you’ve seen nothing until you’ve watched the Chinese put their mind to something. Wowsers! I gather that Qatar’s progress is impressive, but the ability to mount projects of that size if far from unique, and in China’s case they have the national know how to do it themselves rather than relying on foreign expertise. Impressive stuff.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
7 years ago

So football is more important than trade and industry? One hopes that most Qatari’s have more respect for the British expats who work hard here, helping to design and build Qatar, educate its children, contribute to its vision. Such a sad comment. Will you be ‘kicking out’ the Nationals from all the other countries who are printing articles and calling for the World cup to be taken from Qatar? If so, then FIFA may as well, because Qatar won’t have anything built to host it with.
Now I remember why I dislike football so much- it encourages childish petulant behavior, violence, greed and corruption.

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

So some nice words in The Times rival, words are nice but deeds are better. I await legal action against the Sunday Times if they did indeed print lies.

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago

British press is under the false impression that everyone in the world is as weak as England’s football team that gets under pressure with negative publicity and gives up.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

I do hope that is not your ‘best’ effort?

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

I’ve seen the “best effort” from the England team, so no need for any more effort.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

Bloody Hell! It seems it ‘was’ your best effort?

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

You seem to have mixed up British and English. Two different things old boy.

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

Oops, sorry I did not know it’s a divided nation.

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7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

It is strangely not uncommon for people to confuse England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, I discovered this link posted by a school child last year that you may find helpful.

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/britain.html

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

Its three nations and a province, all of which have their own national football teams, which are the oldest in the world, old bean.

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

… and there lies the truth! three nations, that call themselves “United” (but are actually divided), repeatedly give chance after chance to their over paid and under performing players who fail miserably and do NOT deserve to be in the world cup, because they play like a tiny “province” … but their press cribs and cries that Qatar should not have the right to play without even giving Qatar a chance to prove themselves.

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

Qatar played, they didn’t qualify. Ever, Old fruit.
Eight teams have won the World Cup, England are one of them.

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

Yes, England won the world cup in their own back yard 48 years ago … claiming old world glory is like answering “my grandpa was great”, when asked about the grand son’s identity. The fact is: Qatar has as much the right to host the world cup as any other country … give them a chance instead of cribbing and crying.

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

Qatar are hosting the world cup, no need to get upset old chap

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

You forget, my young Padawan, that it’s the cry baby British press that is upset because Qatar are hosting the world cup.

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

They are not upset, they are trying to make a profit buy selling newspapers. If Qatar didn’t bribe FIFA members, they have nothing to worry about old stick. Toodle pip.

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

Finally the truth comes out, the British media “are trying to make a profit by selling newspapers”, even if they have to resort to jealous and false allegations – thanks for clarifying and glad you are learning.

AEC
AEC
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

Jealous really doesn’t make much sense as England weren’t even in the contest for 2022. As for “false” – Isn’t that yet to be seen?

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

“Finally”? Newspapers have always been there to make a profit, nothing more nothing less.

AEC
AEC
7 years ago
Reply to  Rienz

Starting from scratch they do have the right to host it as much as anyone but just as with football if you want to play the global game you play by the global rules and that includes taking the flak from the media of the world. That, however, doesn’t mean they deserve to play in it!

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago

If the Qatar committee feels it has been smeared by the allegations, the recourse is clear: file a libel lawsuit against the UK newspapers making these claims.

Keep in mind, however, that while the UK press is printing most of these pieces, plenty of other countries are doing their own original reporting (as well as reprinting the UK articles).

Me12345
Me12345
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

By your logic, the allegations must be true because no legal action has been taken against the feeble and certainly racist british press?

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago
Reply to  Me12345

Not at all, because, like all everyone else on this forum, I haven’t seen the newspapers’ claimed evidence.

Unlike you, I am not jumping to conclusions and calling people names. If the British newspapers making the claims are proven right, then the racists are people such as yourself who assume (out of their own anti-British racism) that the British press is lying.

I’m saying that there is an easy way to resolve this once and for all. If the bidding committee has nothing to hide, then they should take action rather than writing OpEds in newspapers that won’t change anyone’s mind.

Alissa
Alissa
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

The british press has been racist for decades, Sorry it’s the truth.

Me12345
Me12345
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

LOL. The british press are racist; it’s no hidden secret. They have lied and shamed themselves hundreds of times; and many people do take them to court and get damages awarded. However, that has not prevented the british press from smearing, lying and deceiving its readers. I cannot comment on what Qatar should or should not do legally. They may have a strategy or maybe they think it is better to share facts than hearsay or make assumptions. It is FIFA who will determine if any wrongdoing has taken place; not the press!

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago
Reply to  Me12345

You’re right, people and groups when suits against the British press all the time. So, if the bidding committee has been falsely accused, then it should have no trouble winning its case.

Cerebus
Cerebus
7 years ago
Reply to  Me12345

FIFA will determine if FIFA did something wrong. Sort of like standing in front of a mirror and blaming the person staring back.

Me12345
Me12345
7 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

I am not saying FIFA is not corrupt..I am stating that there is a process underway..why not just wait and see. I know it is common to have trial by press etc but I think the process, for what its worth, needs to take its course.

Cerebus
Cerebus
7 years ago
Reply to  Me12345

I think we are saying the same thing. Let FIFA figure out FIFA, but its just ironic that the public depends on FIFA to audit itself for wrong doing. Not advocating a trial by the press either as they are motivated by increasing readers, and nothing gets readership and ad revenues up like a good old fashioned sports controversy and corruption story.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Me12345

If you’re not sure FIFA is corrupt…

…I suspect you must work for FIFA? Do You??

Doc
Doc
7 years ago
Reply to  Me12345

Explain please why they are racist? Without googling employees of the gutter press of the UK I would say the reporters, sub editors and management are a broad mix of black, white and asian covering all matters involving black people, white people and asians. So I can’t understand how they can be racist?? Help me with this one…….

I agree they make mistakes, can be useless and even carry out and get charged with illegal activities – Think yourself lucky you are not a 1970’s pop star in the UK now.

Ivan Brendieswski
Ivan Brendieswski
7 years ago
Reply to  Me12345

Not at all, but the fact that American and East Asian newspapers are doing their own original reporting indicates that they believe the evidence is strong enough to insulate them from legal claims. Your ire at the British press is a day late and a dollar short.

Me12345
Me12345
7 years ago

Original? Or regurgitated sound bites. Again, you make the same assumption, because Qatar is not pursuing legal recourse equates with guilt. Please stop it!

Ivan Brendieswski
Ivan Brendieswski
7 years ago
Reply to  Me12345

The American ESPN and SLATE magazine reporting is original, as is that of the South China Morning Post and the Yomiuri Shimbum. Shall I go on? Nowhere have I equated failure to mount a legal challenge with ‘guilt’. All that I have done is shown that fallacy of it being an issue that is only of interest to British newspapers. Yes, they broke the story and did the initial investigative reporting, however the story has legs of its own now and is being looked at by the media worldwide.

Mag Num Opus
7 years ago

Qatar has the right to defend its bid while the major European clubs have the right to defend their players from being exposed to performance in heat hence risking their health. Money speaks on both sides of the barricade.
http://magnumopus.manifo.com

Rienz
Rienz
7 years ago
Reply to  Mag Num Opus

Agreed

guest
guest
7 years ago

FIFA had a mission, spread football throughout the world, hence World Cup in South Africa, Russia and Qatar. World Cup was held in the USA when weather conditions in Florida were brutal. Qatar promised to develop solutions to playing football in high temperatures and has spent millions developing the possibility of successfully hosting the tournament in Summer. At some stage cooler heads have prevailed, recognising that temperatures outside the air conditioned venues could be a problem. Simplest solution move the timing to a cooler part of the year. Now all this hate and vitriol has been released on Qatar’s bid. Who else in the hotter climates could have made a pledge to make this happen, no one! Well done Qatar for winning and for being prepared to do what is necessary to successfully stage the tournament. This includes social changes to some long overdue.
Having read the Guardian article I was appalled by the ignorance, racism and sheer prejudice displayed in the comments. No opportunity exists to rebut any of these comments as comments are closed. Now I read the online version of this newspaper daily, I missed this article. It’s a pity that my comments supporting Qatar’s bid will never be recorded.

Alissa
Alissa
7 years ago

I like the tweets you show, It really shows your unbiased view on the situation and your totally 2 viewed article.

Ben
Ben
7 years ago

What I find strange is that other newspapers from around the world are printing similar stuff, so why are they not ‘racist’?

Cerebus
Cerebus
7 years ago

FIFA is corrupt, the governing bodies for the sport are corrupt, the referee’s are on the take, the sports betting and criminal networks are paying everyone off, the media is biased etc. etc. etc…….and there is this much fervor over Qatar spending money to wield influence (the same way all the other bidders did) and using political connections (UK, USA both did this) to try and secure a bid to host the games? Seems much to do about nothing. Qatar and the Middle East in general have as much right as anyone else to host this event and for one country’s media to make speculations about corruption as a means to not keep the contracts with the winners is really the pot calling the kettle black. The end results of any of this will be the opening of a Pandora’s box of litigation and resentment. Sports and world stage sporting events are about bringing the world closer together, not tearing it apart. Let what has been decided be, and focus on fixing the process for the future.

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

And therein lies the root cause. Could this not be the tip of the wedge that would be needed to pry open that un-elected body called FIFA that controls the sport world-wide? Could this not be the beginning of a thrust to try and get more oversight and accountability in these bodies?

Cerebus
Cerebus
7 years ago
Reply to  Saffa

Why not? If they made everything transparent, then the light of day will surely be the cure. The danger is much larger than just the games in Qatar, if the credibility of FIFA goes, the World Cup goes with it, as no one wants to watch or support something that is fixed. FIFA should be under investigation, not the countries that win the bids. I

Ms. Hala
7 years ago

This smear campaign against Qatar is happening for 2 reasons, 1. Holding a bitter gruge that Qatar beat them in the bidding process. 2. Flat out racism.

I agree with AlThani’s article and all that it stands for. I don’t think Qatar needs to do any libel suit as some have mentioned in the comments, instead, focus on building the stadiums and giving the workers building them what they deserve (you know, proper wages, living accommodations, their passports, etc.).

And to Senator Bob Casey, as a very proud American, I ask you to shut up and worry about our never ending deficit there, will ya? Thanks!

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Hala

Grudge – rebutted a thousand times.
Racism – plenty of non-European and non-White journos writing their own pieces saying the same as ST is.
Qatar doesn’t have to sue for libel, but if the accusations being made are groundless lies it would be so much less effort to instruct a top London law firm to sue the ST, than to write a piece in the Guardian pleading innocence. As an added bonus, it would silence the ST in an instant.

Ms. Hala
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

That would actually be quite entertaining… I’d watch that!

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Hala

I agree:
Given the mutual entertainment value, let us see if the besmirched individuals, subject to this profound injustice, will indulge us both?

Ms. Hala
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Not holding my breathe…

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Hala

You do realise that Qatar didn’t “beat” England in the 2022 bidding process? It’s usually useful to read the offending arguements before calling racism.

Ms. Hala
7 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

I know England was going for 2018 but do you think they’ll go up against Russia like they are against Qatar?

Kingpin
Kingpin
7 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Hala

British newspapers “go up against Russia” all the time. I guarantee that I you pick up a British newspaper on 9 out of 10 days there will be more articles about Russia than there is about Qatar. Why don’t you read about the Litvnenko case or the current crisis in Ukraine. Both gain much more headline space than Qatar’s World Cup bid.

Also your first point was “1. Holding a bitter gruge that Qatar beat them in the bidding process.”. That is patently untrue.
Your second point was racism. The UK media doesn’t care in your are black/white or green. If I story will sell newspaper, which equates to advertising revenue, they will publish it. Perhaps the Qatari media should follow suit.

Ms. Hala
7 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

My points were specifically with regards to the World Cup. Every press outlet in the US was covering Russia/Ukraine and after the Olympics, skipped to the “Kimye Wedding” because that BS is what pushes sales.

It is a bitter grudge that nations that already hosted a World Cup were beat by a small nation like Qatar. You think the USA isn’t doing it’s fair share of this hate and racism? Just check out NY Times or FOX News (owned by Waleed bin Talal of Saudi), the Islamiphobia and racists bias is a plenty.

Doc
Doc
7 years ago

When will people realise this is not a smear campaign against Qatar?? It doesn’t matter if it was USA, Germany, Qatar or Uzbekistan – The papers do not care which country it is, if they feel there is something worth writing about they write it in the hope it sells more papers. For what it is worth, I hope and I am pretty certain that Qatar will host the WC 2022. We have all read that many other countries including Britain offered *Sweeteners* to the FIFA delegates and they were readily accepted like starving dogs catching bones IF there is any further action taken following the independent report I can only see it being against FIFA employees that accepted the sweeteners. These stories are getting boring now and the comments as much so, you could copy and paste the comments from any WC story on Doha News and you wouldn’t know any difference. For all the people commenting that the British press is racist I suggest you read more British papers and you will see that they dont care if you are White, Black, Yellow, Green or an alien all they care about is selling papers – If they have a story (or half of one) they will run it, There is no wasta and hiding from the British press as several Royals and Prime ministers have found out. The only person probably happy about all the Qatar bashing at the moment is Rolf Harris as it keeps him off the front pages……

Mark Felt
Mark Felt
7 years ago

For the record and just to explain the perspective, I am a UK citizen and regular reader of the English papers. I do not believe their attacks on the Qatari bid to be racially motivated, but I do believe that it is yet further evidence of the shoddy ambulance-chasing journalism practiced by the English media. They quite viciously slated the Beijing, Vancouver and Sochi Olympics in the build-up to those events, as well as the World Cup in Brazil. All of the reporting was about unfinished facilities, protests, cost over-runs, corruption, etc.. To be fair, they were starting to do the same to the London Olympics (lack of security, empty seats, unfair ticket distribution, etc.), but they eventually got swept up in the jubilant national mood. They are story-chasing sharks — they smell blood in the water and go for the kill — but they aren’t racist.
The same is true of the current “Qatar corruption” story. For every allegation that may actually be a bit disturbing (IF it is proved), there are 10 that make me think, “so what”? Michel Platini met the Emir? Who cares!? Surely, that is part of his job. Beckenbauer lobbied for German business? Good for him. Who wouldn’t do that in his position? This is all just the print journalism equivalent of a tabloid news programme casting suspicion on a perfectly innocent man: just take a video of him walking normally down the street, then broadcast it in slow motion with some “spooky” music in the background — suddenly, he looks guilty. It is all smoke and no fire.
My own view on this whole “scandal” — such as it is — is this. If anyone is to blame for anything it is FIFA. They have created a culture of patronage, backscratching and moral ambiguity that left everyone unclear as to where the line was and how far it could be crossed. I suspect that ALL of the bidders broke spirit of the rules, if not the letter, in one way or another, including England for its 2018 bid. Qatar just had the wherewithal, the resources and the hunger to do it better, more effectively and, ultimately, with a more successful outcome. Now Qatar is taking the blame for what is actually a FIFA problem.
I welcome a 2022 World Cup in Qatar and have no doubt that it will be a great success. Qatar can be a great force for good in the world game. But I do hope that Qatar will show some moral leadership and — instead of feeling grateful to FIFA for being awarded the World Cup — be a force for change within that horribly archaic, murky ‘old boys club’ of an organization.
In summary, the British press isn’t racist, it is just cynical and mean. I don’t think that Qatar did anything wrong in the bidding process. But I do think that FIFA is rotten to the core and in desperate need of reform. As a future host nation, I sincerely hope that Qatar will take a leading role in championing the type of reform that’s needed at FIFA.

BBCA
BBCA
7 years ago

Message to Qatar:

Haters are gonna hate! Ya’ll got a lot of work to do to prepare for the world cup. You don’t have time to listen to garbage. Keep focused. Every country is going to have trials and tribulations when preparing for a world event like this. You think it was easy sailing for Brazil in their preparation? Nope! Dont listen to these negative people. Keep moving forward we are going to have some fun in 2022!

Please make note that I could have used a lot of curse words to express my sentiment but I didn’t. I just want to tell all of these sons of *** (See I almost let it slip) to go get a life and support Qatar for what they are trying to do in the eyes of the world. Ya bunch of haters drinking “Hater-aide”. That’s gotta taste nasty after a while.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

Haters gonna hate?

..is that code for – some people have not yet been persuaded to change their minds? In spite of all the defence tactics thrown up?

BBCA
BBCA
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

That’s code for some people are going to be unhappy no matter what the situation is. And those haters will try and persuade others to hate the same as they do. Misery loves company so miserable haters want everyone else to be a miserable hater just like them. You gotta escape the hate my brotha. Just accept that Qatar has the 2022 world cup. Qatar cant be corrupt by itself… FIFA is a nasty and rich organization that is unfortunately in charge of managing the worlds unified past time. (soccer) Wo what are ya gonna do about that? Nothing! So I say its just two tear drops in a bucket and all the haters can suck it!

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

I admit defeat!

I feel myself, wholeheartedly, chavved into submission.

BBCA
BBCA
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

lol!

BBCA
BBCA
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

LOL!

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