ISIS, the terrorist group that has taken control in Syria and Iraq, has warned FIFA authorities against hosting the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
The message from the ISIS was posted on Islamic forum Alplatformmedia.com.
The militant group, which has had phenomenal success in Iraq and Syria, has announced an independent Islamic kingdom and claims that by 2022, Qatar will be a part of the Islamic Caliphate which will be ruled by Caliph Ibrahim, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Egyptian daily Al-Watan reported that the group made threats about the Qatar World Cup on the ISIS forum.
Addressing FIFA chief Sepp Blatter directly by his first name Joseph, the politely worded message requested the football body to look for an alternative venue for the 2022 World Cup; or else it will use scud missiles on the Qatar stadiums.
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 replaceme1nt country instead of Qatar. The Islamic state has long-rang scud missiles that can easily reach Qatar, as the Americans already know.
Thanks. (via Vocativ)
FIFA was warned earlier too
Even before the selection of Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, FIFA bosses were warned that they would be putting the lives of football fans at risk, if they chose Qatar.
A report by Sunday Times claimed that FIFA bosses were warned 17 days prior to the selection day about chosing high terror alert venues such as Qatar. In a secret terror briefing, it was discussed that the Gulf country had a "high risk" of terrorist attack, the report had claimed.