Head of Saudi sports: Qatar must accept FIFA consequences if found guilty

His statement comes a day after German Focus magazine published a report suggesting that FIFA is going to reconsider the matter and take an appropriate decision at the end of next summer.

The of Head of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority has said that Qatar must face consequence if they are found guilty of ethics violations in regards to winning the hosting rights of the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

“I do not wish for the World Cup to be withdrawn from Qatar by FIFA. However, if found guilty of any ethical violations, the Qatari government must accept the consequences of their actions,” Turki al-Sheikh said in a statement via his Twitter account on Saturday.

“England is the birthplace of modern football. Its history and pedigree would make it a great host. The USA has tremendous experience in hosting global sporting events,” he said.

Al-Sheikh said he “would extremely enjoy watching the World Cup if hosted in England or the USA” and that the month of “September 2018 will be an intense month in the corridors of football’s powerbrokers”.

His statement comes a day after German Focus magazine published a report suggesting that FIFA is going to reconsider the matter and take an appropriate decision at the end of next summer.

Issues of vote buying and other scandals had seemingly dogged the election of these two hosts and the continuing clamor saw FIFA recently instituting changes in future selection of World Cup hosts.

FIFA has changed the procedure and in future, FIFA has said that election of World Cup hosts will be done by voting from all the 211 FIFA member countries.

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