Sep Blatter hoped that Fifa would today ratify moving the 2022 World Cup, which will take place in Qatar, to the (i.e. Europe’s) winter months, however, that looks unlikely to happen. Fifa are split on the matter while Uefa president, Michel Platini, is keener to focus today’s meeting on the working conditions of migrant workers based in Qatar.
Right now Fifa have no grounds to withdraw the award of the World Cup hosting rights from Qatar, the award was made in full knowledge of the country’s climate. The treatment of migrant workers could change this. Fifa can insist that World Cup preparations do not expose workers to undue risk or inappropriate conditions. If Qatar cannot deliver within acceptable working practices the basis for legal grounds to withdraw the award has been established.
I wouldn’t book tickets for Qatar just yet.
The most enduring frustration from Tuesday night is for Charlie Mulgrew. Playing in his fourth choice position, which would never really be a choice Charlie would make, he did exactly what was asked of him against Iniesta and Xavi. His chance on 73 minutes could just as easily have bounced inside the post, which would have bestowed appropriate appreciation for the effort one of our own has put into his career.
Bring on the Ajax.
I’m curious as to who gave the £2.5m personal guarantee to lend Rangers International money, noted in their accounts this week. This is as big a financial commitment anyone has made to the Newco in some time.
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