Paris joins big screen boycott of World Cup games from Qatar
World soccer team France has joined its counterparts in the US and Canada in refusing to play a World Cup match at the Doha 2022 project due to security concerns caused by the Gulf state’s hosting of a previous tournament.
The government of Qatar has confirmed it will not allow any security or safety concerns to stop its World Cup hosting from taking place in 2022.
But, in a statement, FIFA’s executive committee revealed that it had requested that Qatar change its plans and move the games to a temporary host stadium in the city of Doha as early as November 2019.
The French Government said, “The Government of France has made a decision without the participation of FIFA to boycott the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022.”
The statement said the decision means “that France, the FIFA World Cup and all its matches will be played at other venues in France, and not in the country of the World Cup.”
What is the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Qatar is hoping to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is expected to attract a record 32 million spectators to host matches for the biggest sporting event ever to be staged in the world.
FIFA are considering whether to move the games from their current venues to a specially built stadium in Qatar, but as with all World Cup organisers, they have rejected calls to scrap the tournament out of hand due to safety concerns.
Although the plans have been shelved for now, a decision is expected next month, when FIFA will make a ruling on whether to move the games, after a meeting of the executive committee held behind closed doors in Zurich, Switzerland.
FIFA would also have to consider whether it wishes to host the World Cup again in the future and, should it do so, it will likely face more legal challenges to hold the event in Qatar.
In a statement, Qatar said it is “considering the development with care and professionalism” and will have a final decision on hosting the tournament in the “near future”.
“We will have to discuss the issue of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup with the authorities of every country,” said