FFA chief not convinced ’22 will go ahead in Qatar

AP, Monday 28 Nov 2011

Australia’s football chief believes the 2022 World Cup may not go ahead in Qatar as planned

World Cup 2022
FIFA president Sepp Blatter (R) hands over a copy of the World Cup to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani after the announcement that Qatar is going to be host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022, in Zurich December 2, 2010. (Photo: Reuters)

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy said Monday the “last word hasn’t been heard yet” on the FIFA vote which awarded the event to Qatar in preference to bids from countries including the United States and Australia.

Lowy did not elaborate on how or why Qatar would lose the rights, but said it related to “the state of the FIFA executive committee”, adding “I don’t exactly know where it will bounce. The only thing I know is it’s not over yet.”

Qatar’s successful bid became implicated in a broad-ranging corruption scandal that plagued FIFA this year, with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke saying in a leaked Email that they “bought the World Cup.”

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