Lawmakers in Europe are to lobby Fifa in a bid to pressure football’s governing body to have a re-vote on the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has raised concerns about the voting and issued a report stating that the process was “fundamentally undermined by illegality” and should be put to a re-vote.

Any decision made by the body is not binding for Fifa.

Since the award was announced in December 2010, it has attracted to continual controvery, from allegations of corruption in the voting process, through concerns around day time temperatures for games held during the tournament to the treatment of labourers working on direct and indirect infrastructure for the World Cup.


December 2010: Qatar wins the rights to host 2022 World Cup tournament

January 2011: It sets up a steering committee to manage plans

April 2011: World Cup preparations dominate Qatar’s five-year plan

May 2011: Bribery allegations surface

May 2011: Fifa says if allegations proven, the 2022 vote could re-run

May 2011: Qatar denies corruption allegations

May 2011: Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam withdraws from Fifa presidental race amid bribery allegations. He is later suspended from the executive committee.

February 2012: Qatar says the tournament will drive its economic development

February 2012: CH2M appointed as programme manager for World Cup stadium projects

April 2012: Five packages tendered for Doha metro

April 2012: First prequalification for stadiums

July 2013: Fifa official brands Qatar World Cup ‘blatant mistake’

September 2013: Fifa stands firm on Qatar World Cup

November 2013: Migrant workers suffer abuse in Qatar construction sector

December 2013: Amnesty issues report citing worker abuse

January 2014: High death toll reported for Nepalese workers

February 2014: Qatar issues standards governing labourer working conditions

May 2014: Rules governing migrant workers overhauled

February 2015: Qatar to introduce labour law reforms

March 2015: Fifa confirms winter Qatar World Cup

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