What's at stake as World Cup qualifying resumes


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There wouldn’t need to be a winter break if the needless competitions like the uefa conference league and the League of Nations were cut and teams like San Marino and Andorra had to play pre qualifying tournaments to limit the one sided games. The Premier League is overly interrupted by these worthless games. I’d be more interested in watching San Marino play the us ladies team than England, least it would be close..

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What's at stake is giving a country that has a human rights record as bad (or worse) than China a chance to celebrate on the backs of slave labour from Asia and Africa, promoting and validating the misogny and homophobia that both locals and tourists have experienced at the hands of authorities, and further forcing all the female and LGBTQ fans (which football already has a hard time attracting) to choose between being a fan and having to attend a homophobic misognistic country. What's at stake is a chance to boycott Qatar.

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FIFA is at loggerheads with its strongest members in Europe and Latin America over its crazy money-chasing plans to hold the World Cup every two years rather than four. This logjam of fixtures will therefore be a more frequent problem at World Cup time should FIFA boss Infantino get his way. And yes, as Ubeshi points out above, Qatar is not an ideal host nation - except for the money, which for both Infantino and the corrupt Third World nations whose support he is courting is the most important thing, far more so than the football itself.

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