Qatar’s top diplomat on Tuesday promised his country would host a successful World Cup in 2022 and suggested criticism of its successful bid was partly based on racism.
The bid is under renewed scrutiny following the launch of American and Swiss investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body, FIFA.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah reiterated Qatar’s stance that it has and will continue to cooperate with investigators. He said he was confident the event would go ahead and will be “the best World Cup ever.”
He also hit back at the barrage of international criticism directed at Qatar over the tournament, indicating that racism played a role.
“Some parties cannot digest that a small, Arabic state… is hosting such an event, as if our region, our Arab region is not entitled to have such an event,” he said.
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