“Eleven of the 22 members who had that vote for FIFA have either been sanctioned, fined or banned from football for life. Mohamed bin Hammam from Qatar who was the chairman of the Asian Football Confederation was banned for life also, even Sepp Blatter said recently it was a mistake. That’s where we are with this World Cup.”
While Shearer did not mention the issue directly in his assessment of the Qatar World Cup, much has been made about the horrendous conditions that workers have been forced to work over the past decade.
During the construction of World Cup stadia, train stations and other relevant projects, an investigation from The Guardian found over 6,500 workers had died up until February 2021, a figure that the Qatari Government has repeatedly claimed is false.