Poll reveals 93 percent of fans want Qatar to be shown red card over 2022 World Cup hosting rights

Ever since Qatar won the right to host the 2022 tournament the decision has been embroiled in controversy. (AFP)
Updated 11 March 2019
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Poll reveals 93 percent of fans want Qatar to be shown red card over 2022 World Cup hosting rights

  • British newspaper survey shows overwhelming support from furious fans to strip Gulf state of hosting rights for 2022 showpiece.
  • Poll comes just a day after Sunday Times reported that Qatar allegedly offered football’s governing body as much as $880 million in secret payments during efforts to host event.

LONDON: A new poll has revealed that a huge majority of football fans want to see Qatar stripped of the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup.
The survey in British newspaper The Sunday Times, which is ongoing until Friday 15 March, had, as of 2.30 p.m. (GMT) on Monday, as much as 93 percent of the 5,704 fans who voted adamant that the Gulf state should be shown the red card and the tournament moved elsewhere.
This comes just a day after yet more allegations of corruption surrounding the controversial decision to award hosting rights for the 2022 showpiece to Qatar.
It has long been claimed that Qatar offered bribes to FIFA officials in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup — and this weekend The Sunday Times reported that Qatar allegedly offered football’s governing body as much as $880 million in secret payments at key stages in its efforts to host the 2022 World Cup.
Leaked files seen by The Sunday Times appear to show that Doha offered FIFA $400 million 21 days before the decision to hold the tournament in the tiny Gulf state was announced.
Executives from the Qatari state-run broadcaster Al Jazeera made the offer at the height of campaigning over the tournament, in a clear breach of FIFA’s own anti-bribery rules, the newspaper claimed. 


Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

Updated 19 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

  • Kingdom's athletes claim three golds, one silver and three bronzes on day four in Abu Dhabi.
  • Saudi Arabia medal tally now up to an impressive 25.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia enjoyed another good day at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi winning three golds, one silver and three bronzes to take their medal tally to an impressive 25 after four days.
Abdulaziz Alharthi got the day off to a great start in the pool, the 17-year-old from Jeddah picking up gold in the men’s 25m freestyle.
That was then followed up with the second gold of the day as Mohammed Alolayan powered home in the 5,000m. It was his second medal of the Games after he took home a bronze in the triathlon.
Moayed Aldarwish completed the hat-trick of golds coming home first in the 400m.


That was not the end of the success for the Kingdom as Fares Almateq and Naif Alshammari won silver in the men’s doubles table tennis. This was Fares’ second win of the week, having impressively won gold in the men’s singles event earlier.
Heba Shawli then became another multiple-medal winner when she took home the bronze in the softball throw event — she having won gold in the 25m run event.
Faisal Algosaibi and Faris Khouj, also part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team, each won bronze in their division of the 25m freestyle swimming.


Other winners of multiple medals include Hassan Alhadhariti, who won three golds and one silver in powerlifting; Sara Felemban and Jana Albeshri, who both won silver in bocce women’s singles and women’s team events, and Shahad Sunbul, who won silver in the bocce women’s team event and bronze in the bocce women’s singles event.