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Pressure mounts to strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup

FIFA has confirmed the 2022 World Cup will be held smack-bang in the middle of the major European football seasons.

Football’s governing body has confirmed the next running of the tournament will be from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar, meaning the 2022 World Cup Final will be played just one week before Christmas.

The tournament could not be played in summer, given temperatures are regularly over the 40 degree mark, so winter was the next-best bet.

However, the World Cup will now coincide with the A-League season as well as major European competitions like the English Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Qatar’s World Cup preparations have already been mired in controversy.

It has been alleged that to construct facilities designed for the 2022 tournament have been constructed using slave labour.

Last year, two former FIFA officials were found guilty on multiple charges of corruption, including having accepted bribes in exchange for supporting Qatar’s World Cup bid.

Add to that, several of Qatar’s regional neighbours have cut diplomatic ties, following allegations of its role in financing and harbouring “terrorists” and interfering in the domestic affairs of other Middle East nations.

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