As if there werenâ€
The World Cup is usually held in June and July â€“ the northern hemisphere summer and football off-season â€“ but on Monday, the FIFA consultation group offered January and November 2022 as alternative options for the World Cup kick-offÂ due to Qatarâ€
However, there are already doubts about whether a January kick-off will be possible, given that the 2022 Winter Olympics is set to take place in its traditional February slot.
If the World Cup kicks-off in November it means that the UEFA Championâ€
In May, FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitted thatÂ it had been a mistakeÂ to host the tournament in the sweltering Qatar summer.
“Yes. Well, a mistake. A mistake. You know one makes many mistakes in life. The technical report on Qatar clearly indicated that it was too hot in summer,” said Blatter in an interview with Swiss TV.
Since then other concerns aboutÂ Qatarâ€
Homosexuality is considered illegal in Qatar, and questions have been raised about what this might mean for LGBTQI soccer fans. Blatter sparked controversy back in 2010 when he suggested that gay football fans should â€œrefrain from any sexual activityâ€ while visiting Qatar for the World Cup. LGBTQI soccer groups have raised concerns over Qatarâ€
Qatar has also been accused of exploiting migrant workers and effectively using slave labour in its efforts to get ready for the 2022 World Cup. In 2013, hundreds of Nepalese migrant labourers died in Qatarâ€
Though still eight years away, the World Cup in Qatar has been riddled with speculation and scandal; yet FIFA has stuck by the Gulf state throughout. One has to ask whether itâ€