The World Cup, football and money

Wwhen did it all start? Maybe forty years ago, when the sheik stood in the square. The Europeans could no longer ignore him. Soccer World Cup in Spain, June 21, 1982. Preliminary round in Valladolid, France against Spain. Kuwait's Sheikh Fahd al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah stops play. The goal that Alain Giresse just scored in the 81st minute, the fourth for the French, is not accepted by al-Sabah. His players were distracted by a whistle. The Soviet referee takes it back.

At World Cups, a goal has been awarded when the ball was not behind the line - England v Germany, Wembley 1966. A goal has not been awarded when the ball was behind the line - England v Germany, Bloemfontein 2010. But a goal awarded, that the referee withdraws because a scion of a ruling family from the Persian Gulf demands it - unique. Til today. Until the 2022 World Cup, which will open on November 20th. In Qatar, by a ruler of the Persian Gulf. By Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The whole world cannot ignore him.

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