Federation Internationale de Football Association removes Qatari referee from World Cup qualifier match on UAE's request


Several nations in the Arab region - including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - broke diplomatic relations with Qatar last month after saying that this latter has been supporting terrorist groups.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has granted the request, removing the Qatari match official set to oversee the UAE-Thailand game set to take place this coming Tuesday in Bangkok. He will be assisted by a fellow Singaporean and two officials from Malaysia.

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.

Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 World Cup, was isolated earlier this week by four Gulf nations, including the UAE, who accuse it of funding terrorism. Qatar says the allegations are based on lies.

The run-up to the 2022 World Cup has also seen some controversy regarding thousands of migrant workers used to build the tournament's infrastructure, mostly from Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association said in a statement that "the decision has been taken for sporting reasons and in view of the current geopolitical situation". But on the other hand, I am confident that the region will return to a normalised situation.

The International Trades Union Confederation estimates that as of 2017, as many as 1,000 migrant workers have died each year building World Cup facilities in Qatar.

Those claims have faced fresh scrutiny during the crisis, possibly invigorating a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the tournament.

"Obviously, if football can offer a small contribution to improve the situation, I won't hesitate to offer my help", he said, while adding that Fifa should stay clear of "geopolitics".

But the blockade of Qatar has worsened throughout the week.