WATCH: Former England player calls FIFA “corrupt” for awarding World Cup to Qatar

Opening match of 2022 World Cup sees hosts Qatar embarrassed by Ecuador

Image of Qatar World Cup sign. Credit: fifg/

FORMER England player and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has called FIFA “corrupt” for awarding the World Cup to Qatar as injuries to big-name players continue to mount up before the big winter tournament.

Speaking on America’s CBS Sports Golazo show, the former England defender called FIFA “corrupt” for awarding World Cup to Qatar and said that moving the traditional summer tournament to winter was “absolutely disgusting”.

He said: “I think it’s an absolute disgrace that the World Cup is in the position it’s in, for lots of reasons. It was corrupt that Qatar were given the World Cup, we knew that at the time.

“They campaigned on having it in the summer, it is impossible there to have a World Cup in the summer with the temperature, it gets moved to the situation where it is now in the middle of the season.

“Players who spend their whole lives dreaming of playing in a World Cup and now could be [out injured] – as we’ve seen with Son and players all around the world.

“[Raphael] Varane was crying coming off the pitch at Stamford Bridge. That’s how close we are to a World Cup.

“An injury, a 10-day or two-week injury, is going to keep players out of a World Cup and it should not be happening. And it all started with FIFA giving Qatar the World Cup and then moving it. I think it’s absolutely disgusting.”

Hundreds of people commented on Carragher’s rant.

“It’s just a disgrace. No transition whatsoever. Just fly and start the competition,” one person said.

Another person said: “This World Cup is a joke. Represents everything that’s wrong with modern day sport, not just football.”

However, not everyone agreed with the former Liverpool captain.

One person said: “It shouldn’t be a factor the time of year it’s played. We can’t rule out hot nations forever that’s not right. It’s the fact that the World Cup is meant to bring everyone together but certain groups will be discriminated against there.”

While another wrote: “So according to this propaganda agent, player injuries are Qatar’s fault. Instead of saying – The English players used to arrive at every world cup exhausted & depleted (no winter break), they will be fresh for the first time at the Qatar World Cup. He spouts 💩 as usual.”

Last month, Real Madrid star Toni Kroos revealed that he is “totally against the World Cup in Qatar.”

Following his retirement from international football, the German midfielder, who is considered one of Real Madrid’s top stars, called the World Cup being played in Qatar “a mistake.”

Speaking to German channel ZDF, the 32-year-old, who announced his retirement from Germany after competing in the Euros last summer said: “I am totally against the World Cup being played in Qatar. Designating that country was a mistake by the federations.

“But I would find it wrong to expect the players not to play.”

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Written by

Matthew Roscoe

Originally from the UK, Matthew is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at