Stockholm – Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had collectively written to the football governing body, FIFA, asking it to remove Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup, a Swiss website, The Local, reported on Saturday.
The six countries referred to Article 85 of the FIFA Code, which allows for such action in the case of emergency.
According to the statement which Reuters cited, the six Arab countries, who last month cut ties with Qatar, are reported to have written to FIFA to demand that Doha be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf state to be a “base of terrorism”.
In the report, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that the sports federations of the six countries referred to “Qatar’s black record in support of terrorism,” calling on FIFA to cancel Qatar’s bid to host FIFA World Cup 2022 in accordance to Article 85.
Source: News Now/ Reuters/Asharq Al-Awsat