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Qatar has nothing to do with football, says Effenberg

Former Germany international midfielder Stefan Effenberg has slammed the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, saying the Gulf state "has nothing to do with football"

AFP, Monday 6 Dec 2010
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Effenberg played for Qatari side Al-Arabi
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Effenberg, famed for his outspoken views during two stints at Bayern Munich, told Sky television that the World Cup should "always be awarded to countries with a footballing tradition, who live for football and love (the sport)".

"Qatar has nothing to do with football," he added. "It's an absolutely terrible decision. The conditions are catastrophic. I can't explain it."

The executive committee of world football's governing body FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar at a summit in Zurich, Switzerland last week.

Effenberg, who played for Bayern between 1990 and 1992 and then between 1998 and 2002, retired from football in 2004 after having a short stint with Qatari side Al-Arabi and has since been working as a TV pundit.

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