Qatar faces no threat to its right to host 2022 World Cup

Fifa will announce on Friday that Qatar faces no threat to its right to host the 2022 World Cup, according to sources close to the governing body.

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The Gulf state faces allegations about its treatment of migrant workers, while there are also fears that searing summer temperatures in Qatar of more than 40C could risk the health of players and supporters.

But it appears Fifa will stick by Qatar, which saw off competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to host the event.

Arriving for day two of Fifa’s meeting in Zurich, executive committee member Jeffrey Webb said: “We have the opportunity to make sure that the programme for Qatar is correct and in good form.

“Today we’ll focus on how we’ll analyse the situation, what’s in the best interests and how do we collaborate with various stakeholders.

“I don’t think that there will be a decision today. I don’t think there should be a decision today.

“The game is about the players, the fans, the experience and Fifa has a responsibility to make sure that we get it right.”

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who said in August that he wanted to move the tournament away from the traditional months of June and July, intended for the world governing body to vote for a scheduling switch on Friday in Zurich.

But a number of Fifa’s influential executive committee members, among them Uefa president Michel Platini, felt more time was needed for proper consultations to take place.

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