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Qatar World Cup: Four stadiums set to be scrapped

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With Brazil struggling to finish preparations ahead of the World Cup in just under 50 days, the Qatari organisers are thinking about reducing their building plans to prepare eight stadiums, according to reports.

Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010 but have been right in the midst of controversy since claiming the event. 

There are plans to stage the tournament in January and February rather than June and July due to the immense heat in the country but this would affect many of the schedules of the European leagues. 

In February, the Guardian revealed that over 500 Indian migrant workers had died during the building the infrastructure.

With just under eight years to go until the competition gets underway, organisers are having doubts over the plans and are discussing with FIFA to build eight stadiums rather than 12. 

By reducing the number of stadiums being built, less construction sites will be scrutinised by rights groups who have been raising the issue over the conditions in which the workers are being put through. 

At the end of March, a seventh worker from Brazil died in the country after working on the construction of the stadium in Sao Paolo. 

It is now a race against time for Brazilian organisers to get the facilities ready but surely the saddening news from here and Qatar will be looked at by FIFA. Although Qatar has the money, they don't have the foundations to stage such a massive event where as places such as England and Spain, who also bid for the event, do. 

Blatter's ambition is to spread football across the world and therefore give countries not usually associated with football a chance to immerse themselves into the culture. But when will FIFA realise that this is a dream which will take a lot longer to accomplish than what they desire. 

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