Inside Insight: Qatar’s heat most felt in England?

Not an easy thing to figure all of this out, admittedly. When Qatar won the hosting rights over several rival bidders who were pretty sure that they would have beaten the peninsular state in the middle of the Middle East, there was plenty of crying about alleged foul play.

Several investigations later, be they internal, overt or covert, executed by ‘official investigators’ (such as chief FIFA investigator Garcia, who, one hears, is about to throw in the towel in favour of kitchen utensils, i.e. married life in New York) or unofficial pundits dripping with self-righteousness (you know who), nothing has come forward that would justify yet more investigation.

Rumours are usually insufficient to convict somebody of wrong-doing. This may be a sobering and unpleasant fact to those who were desperately hoping to find some dirt both on Russia and Qatar. Whispers and innuendo are simply not quite enough to convict.

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