Qatar diverts attention from FIFA’s failure to check corruption


The fact that Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup has sparked a fair amount of anger and confusion. Why, many have wondered, was the tournament awarded to a country with such a poor record on human rights in general and LGBTQ+ rights in particular?

Allegations of corruption within the process by which Qatar was awarded the tournament have also been widely discussed. However, with all the heat that Qatar is taking, there is a danger that proven corruption at FIFA and subsequent failure to reform will not receive the attention it deserves.