Islamic State to host 2026 World Cup
After Qatar (2022), what did you expect? The Islamic State terror group will be hosting the 2026 World Cup
The bid was decided at a star-studded ceremony in Zurich, after what
observers termed a “ruthlessly well-organised, take-no-prisoners style
campaign”. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has defended the selection,
noting that ISIS government policy, while ‘not perfect’, meets FIFA’s
required ethical standards.
“At FIFA we believe that football is a truly global game,” he said.
“That’s why we’ve chosen ISIS, an up-and-coming nation in the Middle
East, to host the game.”
Alleged flaws in the human rights record of ISIS have made the choice
highly controversial. One spot of contention has been the safety of
Western football fans, who will, in the words of one ISIS spokesman, be
‘politely but firmly’ taken hostage and then killed regardless of
religion. Blatter has suggested that these fans should stay at home.
It is also unclear whether air strikes will still be in operation
against some of the venues. And Islamic State have yet to field an
international team in football. “Their extremely radical interpretation
of Islam doesn’t look kindly on playing football against non-Muslims,”
explained one Sharia law expert. “They do have a strong local militant
league with a growing youth squad, so they could be ones to watch in the
future. Plus they’ve got lots of British-born talent going out there
now to play.”
Can't wait to see the riots. Heh.
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