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We've also made it out of the knock-out round more recently.

Tony if I see you say England should be given the hosting rights one more time I will throw my computer. This is really getting old pal. There's nothing wrong with Russia hosting in 2018 and 2022 shou

Someone needs to sue FIFA over this mess. Rivals bidders, European leagues and clubs, TV networks, sponsors, players...all are being mucked about because of FIFA's inability to think properly. The bi

Platini is just as big of a problem. Show me an alternative that is not tainted by FIFA and I will believe that things can change. So far there is no one one. Top executives from most of the major federations are implicated or corrupt, others have been pushed out and I have no faith.

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Blatter is an idiot, but Platini doesn't seems to be much better. Sadly both FIFA and UEFA are infested with a huge number of corrupt members which have made most fans to this day to lose faith in the world of football.

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Blatter is also playing the racism card about Qatar because he wants Asia and Africa to unite against those UEFA colonialists. Wouldn't be surprised if his tactics paid off.

The pressure from UEFA is respectful, but in the end, Blatter will only give in if the sponsors push for it, not UEFA rebels he knows lacking a majority.

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Some catharsis....

Some highlights from the comments section to this video:

MrArabmoney66

POS (piece of sh*t) should have died from that little fall.

Modron

That f*ckface should have broken his neck 

badou rami

why didn't he die this corrupt arsehole??

redzer06

next time fall in front of a bus you decrepit old senile c*nt

Ted Schumer

I hate this guy. Definition of a c*nt. So greedy. All of this qatar 22 bullshit is really getting on my nerves. what an idiot. WHAT AN IDIOT. Why even put it there in the first place? 106 degrees for the average temperature in June. So he finally realizes that you cant play in that heat. Something that everyone else on the planet realized the moment it was announced. So what do you do? Move it to the winter when all club competitions take place! Genius! You really f*cked up this time, sepp.

Sepp Blatter is probably the only time this level of vitriol and bully in YouTube comments is called for. Even 'MrArabmoney66' is annoyed!

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Just utter nonense from Blatter. I can't take him or FIFA seriously anymore. And unfortunately I just can't see them getting rid of him! Something radical needs to happen, whether it's sponsors dropping out or countries no longer participating. However, I don't think that'll happen and therefore it'll continue

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If I were a self-respecting national federation with FIFA knocking at my door, I would tell them to f... off. Or play by the rules that I am setting.

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Especially since he is a potential presidential candidate.

Yeah...POTENTIAL candidate...but looks like a pointless election anyway.
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Qatar unveils Al Bayt Stadium design

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Qatar has revealed the design of the 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium – the proposed World Cup 2022 semi-final venue and the second stadium on which construction will start.

Located in Al Bayt, the stadium design is based on Bayt Al Sha’ar, a black-and-white tent used traditionally by nomadic people in Qatar and the region, Gulf Times reported.

The newspaper reported that the new stadium, which is being built as the second World Cup facility after the under-construction Al Wakrah Stadium, has a modular design, which includes an upper tier of removable seats.

After the World Cup, the tier will be removed and the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 32,000 seats. In consultation with FIFA and the global football community, the removed seats will be reconfigured and donated to other countries to leave a legacy for international football development.

The facility will comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) ratings, and will use green building materials and energy efficiency measures. Renewable energy will also be generated within the stadium and the surrounding precinct, Gulf Times said.

“The launch of Al Bayt Stadium and precinct will honour Qatar’s past while fully embracing the country’s global future,” Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi said.

“The progress we have made so far also confirms our deep commitment to providing breathtaking experience during the year 2022 and beyond.”

The first lot of work on the stadium has started with further works to begin by mid-July. The stadium is due to be finished by the end of 2018.

Qatar’s World Cup bid has been marred by controversy over the timing of the event in the summer desert heat, the treatment of workers building the stadiums and the actual bid for hosting rights.

Qatari organisers have “vehemently” denied accusations their successful bid was corrupt.

The Sunday Times claimed it had obtained millions of documents which show former FIFA executive committee member Bin Hammam made payments of around $5m to football officials in return for votes for Qatar.

In the last week, sponsors Adidas, Sony and Visa have called on FIFA to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar. The Gulf state has denied any wrongdoing.

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-unveils-al-bayt-stadium-design-554717.html

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Many news outlets have reported that FIFA has stated if the evidence that Qatar bribed their way to victory is true, the most likely and favorable outcome would be a re-vote. Seeing as the US were the runnerups for hosting the 2022 World Cup, a re-vote would work in their favor. It wouldn't be the first time the US was seen as an immediate replacement for a soccer/football event. In 2003 the Women's World Cup was moved from China to the US due to the SARS outbreak, and we had less than a year to prepare for it.

With all of our NFL stadiums easily converted to soccer/football stadiums, a last-minute switch would not be that difficult. And we still hold the record for the most ticket sales of any other World Cup before and after we hosted in 1994, and this was when we had only 24 teams participating in the world cup as opposed to 32, and only had 52 games being played instead of 64 now. An event like this would certainly be profitable here.

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There's always ways around contracts. I'm sure that Qatar won't legally be able to fight to keep the games in their country, but there's no doubt in my mind they will find any way possible to file a lawsuit to recoup everything they will be losing for not hosting the games, especially the constructions of the stadiums.

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Qatar World Cup stadium workers earn as little as 45p an hour

Pay slips show migrant workers building the al-Wakrah stadium work up to 30 days a month for pay as low as £4.90 a day

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/29/qatar-world-cup-stadium-workers-earn-45p-hour

It was and is still obscene and wrong to have awarded such a plum to a tiny autocratic state.

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It was and is still obscene and wrong to have awarded such a plum to a tiny autocratic state.

It's interesting to me.. for whatever level of corruption was involved here, obviously FIFA had to be aware that the whole concept of air conditioned stadiums was a little shaky and that holding the event during the usual June-July window was going to be an issue. But I wonder if it occurred to anyone there about the working conditions in Qatar and how it would only get worse to ask the country to build all the necessary stadiums. That's the part of this whole story that had been downplayed for a while but is starting to come to light. Good. As much as we can rip FIFA for choosing a country with no business hosting the World Cup, that's the bigger issue that is likely to be the worst black mark on this World Cup should Qatar wind up hosting it.

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The results of Michael Garcia's corruption investigation into the 2018 and 2022 bids has been delayed until September. This just says that he;s uncovered plenty of evidence but FIFA needs time to sweep it under the rug. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, the political fallout from taking the WC away from Qatar would be too much for FIFA, no matter how blatant the evidence is.

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Wow... Qatar building a city from scratch

With insanely hot temperatures and alleged human rights violations, practically every objective view of the 2022 World Cup is against it being held in Qatar.

It seems as if the only reason the nation’s been awarded the tournament is that it has cash in excess.The rich oil state has so much cash, in fact, that it can build cities completely from scratch in a desert, according to a report last week by CNN’s Brandon Griggs.

Lusail is the name, and it is a 28-square-mile, planned city that is being built on a coastal desert along the Persian Gulf, located 15 miles north of Doha’s city centre.

Here are some photos and figures of the yet-to-be-built Lusail: The project of Lusail costs $45 billion.

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20,000 construction workers are needed to build the city.

http://elitedaily.com/sports/qatar-building-city-scratch-middle-desert/729995/

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Although I think Qatar will be a terrible host, planned cities have been built many times in the western world and generally work out well. Washington DC is a planned city. So are Helsinki, Lisbon, Kobe, Yokohama, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brasilia, La Plata, etc.

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Although I think Qatar will be a terrible host, planned cities have been built many times in the western world and generally work out well. Washington DC is a planned city. So are Helsinki, Lisbon, Kobe, Yokohama, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brasilia, La Plata, etc.

A completely different case. Also those look like a lot of DEMOCRATIC societies

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