Qatar crisis: Fifa refuses to be drawn on whether country will be stripped of 2022 World Cup

Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2010

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and his wfe Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned are seen receiving the World Cup from then-Fifa boss Sepp Blatter when the country was awarded the tournament in 2010

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fifa has refused to be drawn on whether Qatar will be stripped of the 2022 football world cup, saying only that it is "in contact" with the crisis-riddled Gulf state.

A number of fellow Arab states have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over claims that the tiny kingdom backs terror groups such as Arab states.

These countries have also suspended travel to and from Qatar - a measure which, should it remain in place, could make it impossible for football fans to reach the country in five years' time.

But football's world governing body has given a coy response when asked whether it is considering removing the 2022 World Cup from Qatar and handing it to another country.

A Fifa spokesperson said: "Fifa is in regular contact with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy handling matters relating to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

"We have no further comments for the time being."

Fifa received huge criticism when it awarded Qatar the tournament in 2010, and the organisation has remained mired in controvershy ever since, with several senior figures arrested or forced out of their positions, including former president Sepp Blatter.