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Qatar likely to be stripped of 2022 FIFA World Cup responsibilty

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London: According to a FIFA whistleblower, Qatar is likely be stripped of the 2022 World Cup. She was a former senior figure in the country’s bid team.

Phaedra Almajid, who turned whistleblower to expose the corruption, has said that the abundance of evidence of wrongdoing of Qatar’s bid would force world football’s governing body FIFA to strip the Gulf country of the responsibility.

Almajid is an Arab-American based in the United States and she had worked for Qatar’s 2022 bid team till early 2010.

Qatar shocked the world by winning the right to stage the 2022 event in 2010. Since then allegations of bribery and wrongdoing about their bid have been rife within FIFA.

Almajid said that she hoped justice is done but the prospect scares her a lot as she fears some “extremists” may hold her responsible if Qatar is stripped. She is under protective custody of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) but fears for her safety, if the oil-rich country lose out on hosting rights.

“There are people who are p***** off with me (for speaking out), and what really p***** them off is that I’m a female, Muslim whistleblower,” Almajid was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk on Saturday.

She also said that outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter might take away the 2022 tournament from 2022 as part of his reform agenda to win him praise “and save his skin”.

Blatter quit days after winning a fifth four-year team to become president after getting engulfed in the FIFA corruption scandal. He is under investigation by the FBI for possible wrongdoing.

“I just don’t think Blatter actually intends to quit. Everything he does is very calculated. He’ll try very hard to save himself, I’m sure of it,” Almajid said.

The FBI arrested seven top FIFA officials and indicted 14 people for financial misdemeanor. Almajid said that efforts to force her into retracting her comments have taken place earlier, which forced her to take protective custody for the fear of her family’s safety that includes two children, one of them severely disabled.

“The FBI have everything,” she claimed.

Almajid also co-operated with a FIFA-funded probe led by Michael Garcia, a former US attorney for New York. (IANS)

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Twitter to Live Stream FIFA Related Content, An Effort by Broadcasters and Teams

Brazil, France and Spain are among the teams Twitter would be featuring as they train and travel around Russia.

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In a bid to engage more people on Twitter, broadcasters from the US and Australia, and several other teams competing in the FIFA World Cup will live-stream tournament-related content on the platform, a media report said.

“Within seconds of every goal at this summer’s FIFA World Cup, a highlight will be clipped and posted on Twitter,” SportTechie website reported late on Wednesday.

Every night, broadcasters in the US (Fox Sports) and Australia (SBS) will air live analysis shows on the micro-blogging platform, the report said.

“World Cup 2018 is the most global event in the history of our content partnerships business,” Jay Bavishi, Twitter’s Senior Partnerships Manager for Global Content, was quoted as saying.

"Within seconds of every goal at this summer's FIFA World Cup, a highlight will be clipped and posted on Twitter," SportTechie website reported late on Wednesday.
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According to the report, Twitter has partnerships with 24 publishers across 12 countries and regions for delivery of on-field content, studio analysis and behind-the-scenes access.

Brazil, France and Spain are among the teams Twitter would be featuring as they train and travel around Russia.

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Twitter recently commissioned research and said the results showed that more people use Twitter and stay longer on the platform during major live events than on other social media services.

“It is the first place that communities come to watch what’s happening and talk about it. That’s especially true around the soccer community and around World Cup,” Matt Derella, Twitter Vice President, Global Revenue and Partnerships, said.

The platform noted that football “fans are a particularly active bunch with a year-over-year increase in soccer video sharing of 144 per cent”. (IANS)

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