Coral has cut the odds on Qatar being stripped of the right to host the 2022 World Cup after Michel Platini was arrested in Paris today.
<div><p>The decision to host the tournament in Qatar is mired in controversy, as it had no footballing heritage or infrastructure. Officials at the world’s governing bodies have been accused of accepting bribes and Platini was hit with an eight-year ban in 2015 regarding a “dishonest payment”. He was said to have accepted a “dishonest payment” of 2 million Swiss francs he received from former FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter, and both men were banned. Platini was set to return to football in October 2019 after his eight-year ban was halved, but he was arrested today on suspicion of corruption.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" target="_blank" title="Coral">Coral</a> responded by slashing the odds on Qatar being stripped of the World Cup from 6/1 to evens (2.0). “Since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup, there has been nothing but controversy around why Qatar were selected as hosts and following this latest development, the betting suggests there is a strong chance they could now be stripped of the tournament,” said Coral’s John Hill. This month Qatar has already admitted there have been “a high number” of deaths among immigrant workers building its World Cup stadiums, while the tournament will have to move to winter due to the country’s extreme summer heat, meaning it will disrupt the domestic league season across Europe.</p><p>Bookies now believe the new top brass at FIFA will decide that enough is enough and try to draw a line under the matter by stripping Qatar of the World Cup. Coral is hopeful that England will be awarded the tournament hosting rights instead. It has dropped the odds on them doing so from 10/1 to 6/1. “If a new host is required, England are likely to be one of the favourites as they are one of the few countries who could hold the tournament at short notice with their infrastructure and transport,” added Hill.</p></div>