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Six nations 'urge Fifa to strip Qatar of World Cup'

DOHA, July 16, 2017

Six Arab nations who cut ties with Qatar last month have written to Fifa, the international governing body of football, to remove Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup, Fifa president Gianni Infantino has been quoted as saying.

Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have written to Fifa in this regard, Infantino told Swiss website The Local.

"The countries warned FIFA of the risks threatening fan and player security in a country that is 'the base and the castle of terrorism'," Infantino said.

The countries threatened to boycott the tournament if Fifa does not take action. The six countries also cut diplomatic and transport ties to Qatar as they accused Qatar of supporting terrorism.

Last month Fifa said it was in regular contact with the Qatar 2022 organising committee. Qatar is building eight new venues before it hosts the global championship.




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