In light of the recent corruption scandal that has embroiled Fifa the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been suspended.
The allegations of bribery and corruption have gathered pace after reporters and the American government exposed a number of secret deals and people on corruption charges.
Subsequently, questions have been raised as to how Russia and Qatar were awarded the privilege of hosting the World Cup.
In defence of Russia and Qatar Fifa said on Monday they would not revoke the event from Russia and Qatar as there were no legal grounds to do so.
However, Jerome Valke, Fifa secretary general said on Wednesday the bidding process will be “postponed” pending further investigation.
Is Qatar fit to be a host?
In the meantime social media has been awash with criticism and condemnation at why Qatar was ever allowed to host the World Cup.
Serious concerns have been raised over Qatar’s human rights record in regards to the safety and conditions of workers building the stadium.
The Washington and Channel 4 News have run stories on the extent of fatalities caused since the start of constructing the stadium in 2010.
According to both media outlets the death toll is 1,200 since 2010. Qatar has refuted the numbers and responded angrily.
Qatar’s workforce is heavily made-up of migrant workers from the Indian sub-continent.
Based on figures released from the embassies of India and Nepal 1,200 people have died since 2010.
The deaths may not have occurred on the construction of the stadium but wider construction projects.
Human rights critics say that workers in the construction industry in Qatar have limited access to healthcare and work in sub-standard conditions in the blazing heat.
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