File - This is a Friday Feb. 10, 2012 of Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou, right, speaks as FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, looks on during a joint press conference in Libreville, Gabon. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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The spotlight now falls on two people: FIFA President Sepp Blatter and FIFA Prosecutor Michael Garcia.Blatter should resist calls – at least for now – for Qatar to be stripped of the 2022 World Cup or for a re-vote to be held. They should consider how public opinion in the Middle East might react if Qatar was shamed in the eyes of the world by being stripped of the tournament, especially if evidence to justify such a financial, geopolitical, legal, social and sporting earthquake is anything less than rock-solid.They also should consider whether pressure on FIFA to ditch Qatar is based on an abundance of cold, hard facts and incontrovertible proof of Qatari wrongdoing that makes FIFA's 2010 vote for the Gulf nation invalid. Yes, these aren't the first allegations to suggest that the Qatar vote was crooked.After FIFA appointed him in 2012 as its first supposedly independent lead prosecutor, Garcia pledged to study all allegations of corruption from any source.If there was serious wrongdoing, FIFA must have the courage to order a re-vote on 2022 if necessary.
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