Qatar cannot sue FIFA over 2022 bid; Blatter slams British media’s racist attacks

June 10, 2014 1:55 am

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In an unbelievable turn of events, International Law experts have remarked that Qatar cannot legally challenge FIFA, should the international Football governing body choose to cancel Qatar’s winning 2022 bid over baseless allegations of bribery and corruption, regardless of the amount the country has invested into hosting the World’s premier sporting event.

The Qatar Chronicle had reported last week that Qatar officials would threaten legal action against FIFA if the cup bid is re-run. 

It was widely believed that  in the absence of firm and undisputed evidence implicating Qatar, the  threat to file a lawsuit against FIFA would deter them from calling for a re-vote. However, according to International Legal Experts, Qatar as a bidding nation was made to sign a document giving up their legal rights during the bidding process in 2010.

Qatar World Cup Stadiums - Theatres of Broken Dreams ?

Qatar World Cup Stadiums – Theatres of Broken Dreams ?

This means that should any dispute arise over hosting the cup, the final say would be in the hands of FIFA’s ethics committee and not the International Court in Switzerland, as had been previously assumed.

According to FIFA’s code of ethics, rather than concrete evidence of corruption, the organization can also use the clause defined as “damaging the credibility and integrity of the game”, as a weapon to deny Qatar hosting rights.

This new development presents a very grave threat to Qatar hosting the tournament as the ultimate decision would be made by FIFA, who are currently at risk of being influenced by the Western media’s baseless and blatantly ‘racist’ allegations against Qatar.

The ultimate aim of the Western media’s crusade against Qatar seems to be the reversal of both the World Cup bids (Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022), awarded in 2010.

Both the United States and Australia had lost the bid for the 2022 World Cup to Qatar while England had lost the 2018 bid to Russia.

Meanwhile, FIFA President Sepp Blatter joined leaders from across the Gulf in condemning the racist actions of the British media against Qatar.


“Once again there is a sort of storm against FIFA relating to the Qatar World Cup. Sadly there’s a great deal of discrimination and racism and this hurts me. It really makes me sad”, Blatter remarked.

He also termed racism as one of the greatest challenges faced by the game and vowed to take the fight against those who would seek to destroy FIFA and Football.

Would Qatar and the Gulf be cheated out of the most Joyous moment in its sporting history?

Would Qatar and the Gulf be cheated out of the most Joyous moment in its sporting history?

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Aani Fatimah Khatoon is the Associate editor of Qatar Chronicle. She pens articles on issues of public interest and happenings across the world

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