Football fans name where they want World Cup 2022 to be played after Michel Platini arrest

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18.06.2019 08:23

Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday morning in France, according to French website Mediapart.He was arrested following allegations of corruption into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.Now, fans have taken to Twitter to urge FIFA to strip Qatar of the World Cup.Instead, it should be played in England, where there are already stadiums and infrastructure in place to hold the tournament, they said.

“Should be held in England,” said one Twitter user. “We already have the stadiums.“Share world football on home soil #England2022.”Another said: “So take away the World Cup from them?“I know one country that wouldn’t need to create any stadiums by 2022 who could have the World Cup…”A third football fan wrote on Twitter simply: “It’s coming home. #England2022”

One user said: “England to host the 2022 World Cup. You heard it here first.”Another fan added: “Why has it taken so long to give England the World Cup in 2022?”The calls for an England 2022 World Cup came after Platini was reportedly taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).Allegations of corruption within FIFA raised questions over the legitimacy of the bid from Qatar.

But former vice-president Jack Warner claimed an e-mail had been publicised amid allegations Qatar had ‘bought’ the World Cup - although the bid team have denied any wrongdoing.Qatar was named as the host of the World Cup in December 2010, beating bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the USA.Due to the extreme temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius in June and July, it was later announced that the 2022 World Cup would be the first to take place in winter.FIFA President at the time, Sepp Blatter, endorsed Qatar’s bid, saying: “The Arabic world deserves a World Cup.”

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