FIFA removes Qatari match officials due to diplomatic crisis

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Qatar will be hosting World Cup between the 21 November - 18 December 2022 and is scheduled to host multiple events across different sports in the lead-up to the tournament.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has waded into the escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis by removing a Qatari referee from a 2018 World Cup qualifier following a request from the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier this week Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut links with Qatar last Monday, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

Instead, a referee from Singapore will take charge of the qualifier for next year's tournament in Russian Federation. In his place, the organization has agreed to field a referee from Singapore, who will join another official from Singapore and two from Malaysia for the match.

Chinese Football Association Vice President Zhang Jian, a member of the FIFA Council which devises the institution's global strategy, said past year he would back a Chinese World Cup in 2030.

Football bodies, including FIFA, will separate countries such as Armenia and Azerbaijan or Spain and Gibraltar in qualifying draws due to ongoing political disputes.

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.

"At the moment, we are actually facing a diplomatic crisis in Qatar".

"If neighbouring Northeast Asian countries including South and North Korea can host the World Cup, I think that would contribute to peace between South and North Korea and in the Northeast Asian region", Moon told Infantino, according to Moon's office.

China and Japan reportedly want to host World Cup games individually. "In five years. Obviously, if football can make a small contribution, in any way, to an improvement, I will not hesitate to offer my help".

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