Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Britain not chasing 2022 World Cup

24 July 2014, 18:59

London - Britain has no intention of lobbying to get the 2022 football World Cup that was awarded to Qatar shifted to the United Kingdom, the government said on Thursday.

Regardless of whether Qatar retains the right to host the competition, it is in any case accepted that the 2022 tournament will not be held in Europe, said William Wallace, who speaks for the government in parliament's upper House of Lords.

The bidding process that saw wealthy but tiny Qatar win a vote in 2010 to stage the 2022 World Cup has been overshadowed by bribery allegations, notably stemming from the British press.

But Wallace scotched the notion this was being deliberately done to undermine Qatar in an attempt to get the competition moved to England, which lost out to Russia in the bidding for the 2018 tournament.

"On the question of the 2022 World Cup, that is a matter for (football's world governing body) FIFA," Wallace told the House of Lords.

"May I make it clear, since I know that in Qatar there has been considerable allegations that the British press are campaigning so that the 2022 cup can be transferred to the UK, we entirely accept that it was agreed that the 2022 World Cup would take place outside Europe and we have no intention of applying for that particular competition."

Under FIFA's rotation policy, the continents that staged the previous two World Cups cannot bid for the next one, meaning that with the 2018 tournament going to a European country Russia, European countries could not have bid for 2022.

Wallace also told the Lords: "We might well be interested in a later competition and would wish to campaign actively for that."

British newspaper The Sunday Times has alleged that Mohamed bin Hammam, a former FIFA vice-president from Qatar, paid more than $5 million (3.7 million euros) to officials around the world before the 2010 vote to drum up support for the tiny Gulf state.

Qatar's World Cup organisers deny any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, amid concerns about playing conditions in Qatar, where summer temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celsius, a FIFA taskforce is investigating the feasibility of moving the tournament to the winter.

The Gulf peninsula is also facing international criticism over working conditions for migrant workers.

On Wednesday, Greg Dyke, chairman of the Football Association, the sport's governing body in England, told a parliamentary committee that the FA would concentrate on bidding to stage European tournaments rather than world ones in the near future.



7 arrests over violence at West Ham

27 October 2016, 18:00

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave ODM if you are unhappy, Rai...

Leave ODM if you are not happy, Raila Odinga tells Senator. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Former Assistant Minister joins J...

A former Assistant Minister has quit PNU and joined the Jubilee Party. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
DP Ruto intervenes as Kerio Valle...

DP William Ruto will visit Kerio Valley to try solve never-ending clashes between local residents. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM MP chased down by angry Kibra...

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a hard time in his constituency after angry youth pelted him with stones. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Prepare for DP Ruto fight in 2022...

An MP has warned that the Kalenjin Community will not stand back and watch as DP Ruto is duped ahead of the 2022 polls. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be careful who you deal with, DP ...

Watch out for your political future, DP William Ruto has been warned. Read more...