Qatar To Be Stripped Of Hosting 2022 World Cup Says FIFA Whistleblower
Back in 2010, Phaedra Almajid was a senior figure on Qatar’s team to ensure that the country received the bid to host the 2022 World Cup. She has since become a key whistleblower in exposing her country’s bribes to FIFA that won the highly sought after privilege to host the World Cup. Now Almajid is stating that Qatar will be stripped of its chance to host the 2022 World Cup.
Almajid, an Arab-American, has exposed the corruption and says that the abundance of evidence of Qatar’s wrongdoing would force FIFA to take away the Gulf country’s chance to host the prestigious tournament. After exposing all of the corruption, Almajid now fears for her life. She believes if Qatar does lose their hosting of the World Cup that extremists may want to punish her for exposing the criminal acts of the Middle Eastern country.
“There are people who are pissed off with me [for speaking out], and what really pisses them off is that I’m a female, Muslim whistleblower,” Almajid told the Daily Mail on Saturday.
She is currently under protective custody of the FBI to ensure her safety as well as her two children, and says that they “have everything” to take down key players in the scandal.
Amajid believes that FIFA president Sepp Blatter will strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup to show that he is serious about radical reform in the highly corrupt soccer organization. She said the move by Blatter is a last ditch effort to bring him praise and to “save his skin.” “I just don’t think Blatter actually intends to quit. Everything he does is very calculated. He’ll try very hard to save himself, I’m sure of it,” Almajid said.
Blatter resigned from the world football governing body days after the corruption scandal blew up. Only days before resigning, he had won a fifth four-year team to become president of FIFA. The FBI arrested seven top FIFA officials and indicted 14 people for financial misdemeanors.
The Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung goes even further by reporting that Russia is also now under the microscope and that they too could lose their World Cup if they are found to have used bribes to secure their bid. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, said Russia could lose the 2018 World Cup if they are found guilty.
“If evidence should emerge that the awards to Qatar and Russia only came about thanks to bought votes, then the awards could be invalidated,” Scala told the newspaper. “This evidence has not yet been brought forth.”
This is all very difficult news to hear, especially when there are reports of 1,200 World Cup workers have died in an effort to construct all of the facilities for the tournament in Qatar.