We’ll leave aside the 2018 bid and England’s failure, the real disappointment today was the FIFA executive committee deciding to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and punishable with a prison term. The importation of religious texts apart from Islamic ones is banned. A man and a woman can be arrested for kissing in public and alcohol is only available in hotel bars or by permit.
It comes 121st in RSF’s Press Freedom Index, well below every other bidding nation.
It’s stadiums will be built by people held in what the UNHCR terms “involuntary servitude” (ie, slavery).
It’s football team has never qualified for a World Cup and the total of it’s contribution to world football is this hilarious YouTube video:
Oh, and temperatures in June and July average somewhere between 28 and 40C. And it has a population of just 1.2 million people.
Despite all this, a majority of FIFA’s Executive Committee decided that Qatar is a better host than Australia, the USA, South Korea or Japan.
Now why could that be? Wait, what did I say earlier on in the post?
[Qatar] comes 121st in RSF’s Press Freedom Index.
Ahhhh. Right. That makes sense.