Qatari government controls World Cup, shows it can ‘move the goalposts’

Belgium and Canada teams line up before their match at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar, November 23, 2022. “The Qatari regime is controlling this tournament and showing it in moments like two days before the tournament saying, ‘Oh, actually, after 12 years of preparations, we're not going to allow beer in the stadiums.’ It's less about the beer, in my opinion, than it is about the Qataris showing they can move the goalposts; that they can control a number of things, and that no matter what FIFA says, that's not something that FIFA can guarantee,” says Grant Wahl, U.S. soccer writer for CBS sports. Photo by Molly Darlington/Reuters.

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