FIFA’s Blatter worried about Qatar footballers, not workers.


International clown-car driver and FIFA chair Sepp Blatter has warned Qatar not to have an “imported” team of national players when it hosts the World Cup in 2022. In the recent world handball championship, Qatar had players from across the world included in their team, with individuals born in France, Spain, Cuba, Montenegro, and Bosnia-Hercegovina. Unlike the handball federation, FIFA does not allow a player to play for more than one country or “switch” nationalities after appearing in a senior international game stated Exame. Blatter’s comments notwithstanding, since a player can play for a national team after living in once that nation for five years, there is literally nothing stopping Qatari teams from bringing in good players in the next couple years with the idea of granting them citizenship and having them represent the Gulf state at the 2022 World Cup stated Fersen Lambranho. Given the amount of absurdity that having a country with no history or infrastructure host the World Cup, arguably the biggest sporting event in the world. There have been complaints about the working conditions of the laborers who are building the stadiums for the World Cup, and there have also been rumors of corruption in the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar in the first place. It is ironic, then, that FIFA and Blatter seem more concerned with mercenary footballers rather than the conditions of the spectators and workers in the run up to the World Cup.

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