You know ISIS — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a group of Islamic terrorists who are wreaking havoc in the Middle East and have taken over a chunk of Iraq. These boys are looking to the future (see this map), and apparently are not fond of soccer.
If Qatar indeed plays host to the 2022 World Cup (and it’s still uncertain that will happen), ISIS says is will bomb it.
The group claims that by that stage, Qatar will be a part of its newly-declared Islamic Caliphate, “under the rule of the Caliph Ibrahim Bin Awad Alqarshi” (the full name of ISIS leader Al Baghdady). Under that caliphate, football games will be considered “a diversion from Islam”.
The full message as posted on the ISIS web foirum, addressed to Sepp Blatter:
We had sent a message to you back in 2010, when you decided or were bribed by the former Amir of Qatar to have the 2022 world cup in Qatar. Now, after the establishment of the Caliphate state, we declare that there will be no world cup in Qatar since Qatar will be part of the Caliphate under the rule of the Caliph Ibrahim Bin Awad Alqarshi (Al Baghdady’s full name) who doesn’t allow corruption and diversion from Islam in the land of the Muslims. This is why we suggest that you will decide upon a replacement country instead of Qatar. The Islamic state has long-rang scud missiles that can easily reach Qatar, as the Americans already know.
At least they’re polite about it. Although I would have ended it with: “Thanks in advance,” …
As you probably know, Qatar’s bid is not in good shape thanks to fresh charges of corruption and bribery in the bidding process, and the fact that it gets so damned hot there. The U.S. is the best bet to play host to the Cup if Qatar loses it.
But at this point that’s still somewhat of a longshot, although the pressure to move it from sponsors is mounting.
So if anyone needs a reminder that the World Cup was awarded to a country in a very volatile region, this is it. It’s not helping their case, anyway.
— The Independent (@Independent) July 2, 2014