Qatar’s Foreign Minister H E Dr Khaled bin Mohammed Al Attiyah said yesterday that there was “no way” Qatar would be stripped of its right to host the 2022 World Cup, Reuters reported.
“It is very difficult for some to digest that an Arab Islamic country has this tournament, as if this right can’t be for an Arab state,” he said in an interview with Reuters in Paris a day after FIFA President Sepp Blatter resigned. “I believe it is because of prejudice and racism that we have this bashing campaign against Qatar,” he added.
When asked if they could lose the right to host the tournament, Al Attiyah said: “No way Qatar can be stripped (of it). We are confident of the procedures and deserve to win it because we presented the best file (bid).”
While not naming any country or entity, Al Attiyah said that when the time came Doha would be able to show who was behind a campaign against Qatar.
“We are not in a position today to show what we have in terms of who is behind this campaign against Qatar and why they are trying to deprive Qatar of this right,” he said. “We are honest and confident we haven’t committed any wrongdoing,” he said.
Source : The Peninsula