No re-vote on Q22, says FIFA medical chief

Michel D’Hooghe says criticism from British press is ‘sour grapes’

NEWS, Projects, Qatar, World cup 2022

FIFA’s medical chief, Michel D’Hooghe, has insisted there will be no re-vote on the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, D’Hooghe, who has been a FIFA executive since 1998, said: “There will be absolutely no re-vote. Some in the English press want that. But it’s not the English press that decide.”

In recent days, the Japanese FA had indicated they would be willing to host the 2022 tournament in the event it was taken away from Qatar.

D’Hooghe also rejected any suggestion of foul-play during the voting.

“I had no feeling anything was going on then and I still have no feeling that there was corruption during this vote," he said.

“The voting took place in absolute religious silence, like a conclave to elect the Pope. Everybody had to give his mobile on entering the room. I have done so many elections, there was not much difference to the earlier ones.”

The decision to host the tournament in Qatar has come under heavy scrutiny from the British press, but D’Hooghe said: “For the British press, whatever we do is not enough.

“The feeling in FIFA is that all the criticism is partly sour grapes.”

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