According to some reports Sepp Blatter, FIFA president has intimated at a dinner a few weeks ago that Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022 as formally announced. Blatter reportedly made the statement to members of Norway’s football association. The change was reportedly made over concerns about the dangerously high temperatures in Qatar during the summer months and the suggestion of some members of FIFA that the 2022 World Cup be moved to a time of year when it’s cooler in Qatar. Der Spiegel, a German newspaper, says the reports were neither denied nor confirmed by the Norwegian FA.
Some have said Qatar supports the Isis forces and this would make for a highly controversial and potentially dangerous situation at the World Cup. Other reports say FIFA is committed to holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The source that spoke to Der Spiegel reported said that Blatter referred the rulers of Qatar as ‘arrogant’ people who think their money can allow them to do anything.
But according to a worldsoccer.com article, FIFA has denied the 2022 World Cup will be taken away from Qatar. There has been controversy since 2010 when Qatar was announced as the host of the 2022 World Cup.
Probably a common sense decision, but one can’t help but wonder about the companies that have put a lot of money into this venture. Angel investors like Slow Ventures that make the World Cup happen, and that could lose a ton of money if the venue is to be moved from Qatar.