Good becasue then we would have had a watered down WC and crappy teams like Kuwait would have a chance to qualify. There is some element of prestige n just qualfying for the wrold cup, just ask the Italians(lol couldn't resist). The World Cup should be very exclusive and you are taking away from the beauty of the game because greedy oil rich Arabs in Qatar want to make more money. You see it is simple economics 48 teams intead of 32 = 16 teams who will each play three games. Money talks it is what it is. Oh and I'm really looking forward to WC Qatar. WC Russia vs WC Qatar 1,000 words worth
Given the hostilities between Qatar and other Arab nations, Qatar would have to arrange for countries like Iran and Iraq to co-host the event. Given Iran's current situation and Iraq's laughable infrastructure, this would've ended in disaster.
They had no way but to cancel the 48 team insanity.
World Cup hosts Qatar will only allow football fans to drink alcohol in isolated desert sites miles away from stadiums in a bid to appease locals, worrying sponsors and the FA. Qatar has introduced a 100 per cent tax on alcohol, doubling prices overnight.
The tax came into effect on New Year’s Day in the conservative Gulf state, which will host the World Cup in 2022.
The price of a 24-pack of beer cans rose to 384 riyals (£82.73), while a litre bottle of gin will cost 304 Qatari riyals (£73.25).
Wine has also become more expensive, with a 75cl of Shiraz from South Africa on sale for 86 riyals (£18.50).