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FIFA ‘ignored its own terror alert’ in Qatar 2022 World Cup bid, report says

Qatar’s Al-Wakrah stadium complex is pictured in an artist’s rendering. (Qatar 2022 via Getty Images)

As if the likelihood of scorching heat, issues with immigrant labor and a selection process rife with bribery weren’t enough to put a damper on the World Cup in Qatar, there’s also the news that the country was rated a “high risk” target for terrorism attacks during 2022.

A security briefing ordered by FIFA less than a month before Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup showed that FIFA “ignored its own terror alert,” the Sunday Times reported.

“The terrorism threat against Qatar relates to its location — its proximity to countries with inter alia an al-Qaeda presence,” Andre Pruis, who wrote the report, told the Times. Pruis was in charge of security for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

More from the Sunday Times:

In documents obtained by the newspaper, Pruis acknowledged he only had time for a “very limited threat assessment,” based largely on U.S. anti-terrorism information.

In view of the risks related to the centralised approach, Qatar is allocated a risk rating of high,” he said.

“I am of the view that it would be very difficult to deal with a major incident in such an environment without having to cancel the event.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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