The FIFA governing body has suspended Qatar from the world soccer tournament for four years over a human rights crisis, including the treatment of migrant workers, the news agency said on Saturday.”FIFA has decided that, as a consequence of the recent developments, it has taken the decision to suspend the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar for a period of four years,” FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told a news conference in Zurich.
The World Cup is being held in 2022 in Qatar.
Qatar is one of the world’s poorest countries, and its 2022 bid was criticised for failing to address migrant workers.
“The decision to cancel the 2022 World Cup was taken in the context of the human rights situation in Qatar, and the decision is not in any way related to any other FIFA decisions or decisions of FIFA,” Valcka said.
“FIFA will work to address this situation.”
The decision comes as Qatar has been the target of several investigations, including a United Nations report on allegations of human rights abuses by Qataris in the wake of the collapse of the country’s 2011 Arab Spring protests.
The Qatar 2022 World Cups were due to be held in the city of Doha, but the 2022 tournament has been moved to a new location in the United Arab Emirates.