Van Gaal slams ‘b******t’ decision to host World Cup in Qatar

Date published: Tuesday 22nd March 2022 12:14 - Jason Soutar

Louis Van Gaal during a press conference

Holland coach Louis van Gaal has hit out at FIFA over their “b******t” decision to host this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The former Manchester United boss has said that FIFA’s reasons for awarding the finals to Qatar are for money and commercial reasons.

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The competition is set to take place in November and December due to the summer climate in the Middle East.

“Now, everybody knows that I find that ridiculous,” Van Gaal told a news conference on Monday (quotes via Sky Sports).

“It’s ridiculous that we are going to play in a country – how does FIFA say it? – To develop the football there, to develop it better there. That is b******t.

“And how are you doing that? By organising a tournament in that country. But it doesn’t matter, it’s about money, commercial interests. That’s the main motive of FIFA

“Why do you think that I’m not a member of the commission of FIFA? Because I have always taken my distance against these kinds of organisations. It’s not right, but I can say this directly about Qatar, but this does not help the world get rid of this problem.”

The Dutch Football Association has previously criticised human rights and working conditions in Qatar.

“The KNVB has never been in favour of holding the World Cup in Qatar and of course certainly doesn’t approve of the way in which migrant workers are treated there,” it said in a statement last year.

Elsewhere, the UK and Ireland’s bid to host Euro 2028 is set to be unopposed, according to reports.

The Times reports that no other bidders have come forward so far to declare an interest, with the deadline set by tournament organisers UEFA for 5pm UK time on Wednesday.

UEFA said – when the tournament regulations were released last October – that the bidders would be announced on April 5.

If no other countries come forward and the five-nation bid is declared successful, it will be swift vindication of the decision confirmed last month to go for the Euros instead of launching a bid for the 2030 World Cup.

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