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Qatar throws hat into ring for FIFA executive committee seat, again

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Saud Al Mohannadi
Saud Al Mohannadi

A leading sports official from Doha will stand for a spot on FIFA’s executive committee during elections in April, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) has announced.

QFA vice-president Saud Al Mohannadi added in a statement that he will also run for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice president.

The bid comes nearly two years after Hassan Al Thawadi failed to win enough support to join the ExCo in 2013.

At the time, the secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy was beaten by Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, who is also the current AFC president.

According to Reuters, Al Mohannadi’s bid is a strategic one for Qatar, which will host the World Cup in 2022:

“Qatar have suffered relentless criticism since being awarded the right to host the World Cup for the first time in a 2010 vote and having a voice at FIFA’s top table could help quieten the backlash.”

Ongoing issues

FIFA’s executive committee has discussed a number of Qatar-related issues in the past few years, including corruption allegations, the searing summer heat and human rights abuses.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Over the next few months, the ExCo is expected to decide on whether the tournament should be moved to Qatar’s cooler months. Members have also kept an eye on the progress of labor reforms here, amid international concern over the mistreatment of migrant workers.

Others who are running for the world football governing body’s ExCo include Japan Football Association Vice President Kozo Tashima and Malaysian Football President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, Reuters reports.

Shortly after those elections, several officials will vie for the FIFA presidency in May.

Facing off are current president Sepp Blatter, who is running for a fifth term; Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, a current ExCo member; former Portugal captain and 2001’s FIFA World Player of the Year Luis Figo; and head of Dutch soccer, Michael van Praag.

Last month, officials in Qatar and the rest of the GCC said they would remain loyal to Blatter during the upcoming elections.

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Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago

“Qatar have suffered relentless criticism since being awarded the right to host the World Cup for the first time in a 2010 vote and having a voice at FIFA’s top table could help quieten the backlash.”

I don’t get it, wouldn’t this just increase the criticism ?

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  Deepak Babu

I don’t see it doing anything about non-FIFA criticism of Qatar, that will just continue to increase as more and more information gets out. A seat at the table might reduce some of the FIFA criticism?

Wanderer
Wanderer
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

So, rather than fix the issues being criticised, rather try and influence one of the organisations being critical. Why not buy some representation on Amnesty International too while you’re at it.

#Anonymous
#Anonymous
6 years ago

Sports magazine Doha Stadium Plus broke the news almost four months ago. It’s just that he confirmed it just now. http://www.dohastadiumplusqatar.com/pride-place-4/

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

It makes perfect sense. Make sure you are on the inside to control the flow of information and suppress anything that could be damaging. See Sep “Bellend” Blatter he is the master of smoke snd mirrors.

Plus once you have been on the inside you’ll be rich. Nice kickbacks and no I’m not talking about football ones….

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

I agree with MIMH. Hard to say whether WC2022 will increase or decrease his chances as it’s impossible to prejudge the outcome given that the vote will be taken by arguably the most corrupt self-serving body in world sport. Interesting that FIFA seems to have buried the Michael Garcia furore in recent weeks.

MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago

What I don’t understand is Qatar’s obsession with football, at both club and international level. FIFA and Barcelona just want to take Qatar’s money, and are offering nothing but mockery and ridicule in return.

There is no prestige left in football. You’d get more kudos sponsoring Lance Armstrong.

KK
KK
6 years ago

Can someone explain Qatar’s obsession with football?

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