The Controversies Leading Up To Qatar World Cup 2022

The Fifa World Cup is set to take place at the end of this year. It will be held in Qatar from 21 November 2022 to 18 December 2022. The Qatar World Cup is set to break many records as it will be the first-ever tournament held in the Arab World. However, there is no shortage of controversies leading up to this event even without a ball being kicked.


The first controversy was awarding the rights of the Fifa World Cup to Qatar. It was alleged that some African officials were paid nearly 1.5 million dollars to vote in favor of Qatar. It was proved later on that the CONCACAF President was the person who was paid 2 million dollars. 

The Heat Factor 

With the temperature rising to 40 degrees and above in the hot deserts of Qatar, it was an impossible task to play football in June and July. Therefore, the tournament had to be shifted to November and December. 

However, this will have a very large impact on the domestic leagues all around the world. The football calendar will surely be disturbed due to Qatar World Cup.

Migrant Workers 

Ever since FIFA awarded Qatar the rights to host a World Cup back in 2010, the major concern was to upgrade the stadiums to the international level.

Qatar hired several workers from different parts of Asia to accomplish this task but sadly, according to a report in the Guardian, it was found that over 6500 workers died in the making due to heat and other factors between 2010 and 2020.

Russia ruled out of World Cup 

The latest controversy is that FIFA has banned Russia’s national team from participating in the Qatar World Cup because they invaded Ukraine. 

This decision however can be overruled, but several nations including Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Poland have already stated that they won’t take the field against a Russian team.

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