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Former UEFA President Detained For Questioning Over Awarding Of 2022 World Cup Hosting

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Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained for questioning by French police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

France’s financial prosecutor’s office confirmed that 63-year-old Platini had been detained. Platini, who has never denied voting for Qatar but has always rejected any claims of wrongdoing, was detained in a suburb of Paris on Tuesday morning.

The Parquet National Financier has been investigating the December 2010 decision to stage football’s biggest tournament in the small but wealthy Gulf state since 2016.

Qatar beat bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States in a vote by the executive committee of world football’s governing body FIFA, but more than half of that 22-man panel have now been accused of receiving bribes.

And should Qatar lose hosting duties for the World Cup, with some on social media calling for the nation to be stripped, here are five alternative hosts…

1. England

England have not hosted the World Cup since 1966, winning the tournament. England have the stadia and the perfect accessibility to host such a spectacle. Not to mention a new a group of young players that have tasted tournament success in the junior tournaments.

Under manager Gareth Southgate the mantra has changed. England now boast a number of younger players and by the time the World Cup comes around will be experienced internationals and in their prime.

Three top stadiums

Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

2. USA

USA hosted the 1994 World Cup and advanced to the round of 16 stage before being knocked out by the eventual winners Brazil.

‘Soccer’ was still miles behind in terms of knowledge of the game and stadia when USA were given the chance to host the tournament.

Fast forward to today, the MLS is growing in popularity with more franchises entering the competition and with superstars such as David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic promoting the league, a second World Cup could propel football in the States to another level.

Three top stadiums

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Michigan Stadium, Beaver Stadium

3. Spain

Spain last hosted a World Cup tournament in 1982 and reached the second round. Since then Spain went on to dominate the international stage from 2008 to 2012. They won three tournaments in a row but endured a tough time last year, suffering a last-16 exit against hosts Russia.

Three top stadiums

Camp Nou, Santiago Bernabeu, Wanda Metropolitano.

4. Argentina

Argentina have not hosted a World Cup since they won it in 1978, led by the much forgotten-about Mario Kempes. They went on to win the tournament for a second time in 1986.

The passion for football in Argentina can be seen whenever great rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate cross paths. World Cup fever hitting a football-mad country such as Argentina could produce a great sporting spectacle.

Three top stadiums

Monumental Antonio V. Liberti, Presidente Juan Domingo Peron, Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes.

5. The Netherlands

The Netherlands, or Holland as many know the nation as, have never hosted a World Cup but have boasted some of the best players in the game including Johan Cruyff to Marco Van Basten.

After a couple of years in the wilderness and missing out on Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the Dutch seem to have found their verve again under former Everton manager Ronald Koeman.

The current crop of young players such as Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie de Jong will still be around come the 2022 World Cup and the chance to lead the Dutch to a first World Cup victory on home soil could be a crowing moment for a nation steeped in footballing history. — Standard, Kenya


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