Despite landing Neymar, Qatar could still lose the right to host the 2022 World Cup

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Neymar’s world record transfer to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) may have been a coup for Qatar – the tiny Gulf state that bankrolls the French club – but it is still at risk of losing its biggest sporting asset: the 2022 World Cup.

In 2010, “against all expectations”, Qatar won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Now a group of senior British MPs believe there is “mounting evidence” of wrongdoing and that Qatar could still be stripped of the World Cup – due to take place in five years’ time.

“There was always a great deal of surprise that anybody thought Qatar was suitable in the first place,” John Whittingdale, the culture secretary in 2010 said. The decision to award the tournament to a country where summer temperatures regularly exceed 40 degrees raised eyebrows and there have been allegations of misdeed and corruption ever since.

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