England are already hosting the final of the Euro 2020…but could they follow that up with the World Cup Final two-years later?
As it stands Qatar are due host the finals in 2022, after they were controversially chosen as hosts back in 2010 – and they later confirmed that the finals would have to be played at the end of the year rather than the normal summer time slot due to the prohibitive high temperatures in the country.
Now an official investigation in France is taking place into any role the French may have played in awarding, and whether it was corrupt and that has seen former head of UEFA Michel Platini quizzed about how he came to vote for Qatar – which proved pivotal as they beat the likes of Australia, USA and Japan to the honour.
Many have questioned the legitimacy of Qatar’s bid, and eyebrows have also been raised at the subsequent investments from the country into French football – including the takeover and subsequent funding of Paris Saint Germain.
Reports are now suggesting that FIFA could be on the look out for another host and England are ready to step in, given the infrastructure and stadia are in place and they could host the tournament at very short notice.
And Bookmakers believe there is a real chance that Qatar are stripped of the rights, and they have been cut into Evens, whilst England are just 6/1 to land the tournament.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “Qatar could be in a bit of trouble here and Bookmakers are not taking any chances cutting them into Evens to lose the rights, and people have been backing this outcome.
“And at 6/1 to host it instead, England look good value.”
Selected World Cup odds:
Qatar to be stripped of 2022 World Cup – Evens
England to host 2022 World Cup – 6/1
*Odds correct at time of writing
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