“There should be a World Cup in an Arab country, there should be a World Cup in a Muslim country, there should be a World Cup in the Middle East that is a fact! But we also need to challenge and scrutinise the things that go on in every country including ours and Qatar.”
Prior to Keane’s comments, Souness suggested that Qatar’s image will forever be tainted with the horrors their workers faced in constructing the stadia and other infrastructure for the month-long event.
“The obvious thing is football is a great tournament and people will be talking about that going forward,” the Scot said.
“But I’m afraid there’s so many accidents out there, they will be forever talking about Qatar and its human rights record. That’s a fact of life. We have to deal with that. By having a World Cup here, it’s a chance to put certain things right. But they’re not going to put everything right.”