Since Qatar were handed the opportunity to host the 2022 World Cup there has been much controversy over whether it can really take place there.

With temperatures reaching well over 40C in the summer there is no way the tournament can be played in the day time. There are also high risks of sand storms not helping players in training.

FIFA have suggested many ideas since the bid was accepted, including a giant artificial cloud to shade the stadiums. Recently, however, it seems likely that the tournament is to be moved to the winter. This idea seems absurd considering the European club competitions taking place at this time of year.

Qatar itself is not a footballing nation, do the people really want FIFA there?

After the trouble they have caused in Brazil maybe not. The national football team has never qualified for a World Cup and it could be embarrassing to watch them up against the likes of Spain.

Personally, I believe it was never the correct choice to give Qatar the World Cup. But is there time to cancel the tournament?

Qatar have already started building and developing the stadiums. There is no way the tournament can be played in the winter as it would ruin the tournament that has been a summer event for so long.

But what are the alternatives: watching slow paced, boring matches because the players are too exhausted to play? Astroturf pitches because no grass can grow?

Qatar have suggested air conditioned stadiums but this would cause problems for the players who have been training in such heat and must re-adapt to the conditions.

Unsurprisingly, FIFA have faced a lot of tough questions and although nobody has spoken out, the question of corruption has been on everyone's lips.

The only option I can really see is to give the 2022 World Cup to Spain, Germany or England, countries that are passionate about football and have the facilities already in place.

Otherwise there are many angry protests from football fans to come.

 

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