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Qatar likely to be stripped of World Cup, says whistleblower

Qatar is likely to be stripped of the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, according to a whistleblower who allegedly exposed a corruption scandal

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Qatar is likely to be stripped of the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, according to a whistleblower who allegedly exposed a corruption scandal.

In an interview with the Daily Mail published on Sunday, Phaedra Almajid, who has been taken under protective custody of the FBI and fears her safety will be compromised further if the tournament is taken away from the Gulf state, claims the evidence of Qatari wrongdoing will be so stagnant that FIFA will be forced to find a replacement host.

While hoping justice will prevail, Almajid told the newspaper that the prospect "scares me a lot," adding that she believes some "extremists" may feel she played a role in that happening.

"There are people who are p***** off with me [for speaking out], and what really p***** them off is that I’m a female, Muslim whistleblower," she told the newspaper.

Speaking for the first time since Blatter announced he wants a new election to pick his successor Almajid said: "I just don’t think Blatter actually intends to quit. Everything he does is very calculated. He’ll try very hard to save himself, I’m sure of it."

The FBI are leading the investigation which has led to 14 arrests, with even more expected. ‘The FBI have everything,’ she said.
Almajid also co-operated fully with a FIFA-funded probe led by Michael Garcia, a former U.S. attorney for New York.

In a separate interview last year, she told the Mail on Sunday that she was pressured into retracting her allegations regarding Qatar’s World Cup campaign. Fearing for herself and family, including her two children, she went to the FBI for protection.