FIFA removes Qatari match officials due to diplomatic crisis

FIFA removes Qatari match officials due to diplomatic crisis

FIFA removes Qatari match officials due to diplomatic crisis

FIFA's statues demand a firm stance against any "political interference" in football and countries are often suspended from the global game as a result, but the Zurich-based organisation agreed with the UAE federation that the Qataris due to officiate over the game against Thailand in Bangkok on Tuesday should be replaced.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino does not believe that the diplomatic crisis which has embroiled 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar will threaten its staging of the tournament, he said on Sunday.

Several nations in the Arab region - including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - broke diplomatic relations with Qatar last month after saying that this latter has been supporting terrorist groups.

"Obviously, if football can offer a small contribution to improve the situation, I won't hesitate to offer my help", he said, while adding that FIFA should stay clear of "geopolitics".

Qatar, who are part of the Asian Football Confederation, are due to host the 2022 World Cup, meaning China will not be eligible to bid for the 2026 tournament because of FIFA's policy of rotating between host continental governing bodies.

"We are confronted with a diplomatic crisis in Qatar at the moment".

President of FIFA Giovanni Infantino believes that the current diplomatic crisis in gulf will not affect the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is to be hosted by Qatar.

"Fifa's main job is to look after football and not getting involved in geopolitical questions", Infantino said.

The World Cup in Qatar has been stained with controversy especially the decision to host the showpiece at the oil rich nation.

Qatar denies it backs extremist groups and says the allegations from its Gulf rivals are politically motivated and meant to tarnish the country's image.

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