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Qatar will host next two Club World Cups before expansion

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Published on June 3, 2019 - Duration: 01:18s

Qatar will host next two Club World Cups before expansion

FIFA has awarded Qatar hosting rights for the next two editions of the Club World Cup before the seven-team tournament is expanded in 2021, soccer’s governing body announced on Monday following its council meeting in Paris.

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Qatar will host next two Club World Cups before expansion

SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 3, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL SECRETARY FOR QATAR 2022'S SUPREME COMMITTEE FOR DELIVERY AND LEGACY, HASSAN AL THAWADI, SAYING: "We are of course excited to host the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Club World Cup, for us it is a great opportunity, it is a great test event to try out some of the operational plans we have in place in the lead up to the World Cup and we are excited to be hosting the world and major clubs in Qatar in 2019 and 2020." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL SECRETARY FOR QATAR 2022'S SUPREME COMMITTEE FOR DELIVERY AND LEGACY, HASSAN AL-THAWADI, SAYING ON WORKERS' RIGHTS IN QATAR: "So, as I said in relation to workers' welfare, while progress has been made there is a lot more to be done.

We in the Supreme Committee are working very hard with NGOs, with medical institutions, with universities, to try to do everything that we can to address these issues." 4.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL SECRETARY FOR QATAR 2022'S SUPREME COMMITTEE FOR DELIVERY AND LEGACY, HASSAN-AL THAWADI, SAYING ON WORKERS DYING: "As I said, in relation to deaths, no matter what we say, it is never going to enough.

No matter what we speak about it is never going to be enough, it is as simple as that.

And it is a tragedy.

And we are doing everything that we can and we are working towards ensuring that whatever solutions we put in, aren't just solutions that address the spotlight, they are solutions that remain beyond 2022." 6.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL SECRETARY FOR QATAR 2022'S SUPREME COMMITTEE FOR DELIVERY AND LEGACY, HASSAN AL-THAWADI, SAYING ON WHETHER IDEA FOR A 48 TEAM WORLD CUP WAS DITCHED BECAUSE QATAR COULDN'T HOST 48 TEAMS, OR DIDN'T WANT TO SHARE WITH OTHER GULF COUNTRIES: "No I think it is neither.

I think it was when it came to Qatar co-hosting, there were obviously challenges addressed in there.

And in terms of us hosting it ourselves, we needed more time to perform the study, to actually identify it.

So I think more than anything else, it was an issue of timing." STORY: Hassan Al-Thawadi has promised that Qatar will continue to improve workers' rights after FIFA awarded the country the 2019 and 2020 Club World Cup tournaments.

The move will act as a trial run for Qatar, which will host the World Cup in 2022.

Speaking to media after a FIFA Council meeting in Paris on Monday (June 3), Al-Thawadi, the General Secretary of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, added that the country was speaking to NGOs, trade unions and businesses to ensure working conditions and pay improved in the gulf state.

Meanwhile, CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani defended FIFA President Gianni Infantino ahead of his re-election on Wednesday (June 5).

Infantino will stand unopposed, but faced criticism from his former boss at UEFA, Michel Platini, over both his legitimacy and his support of women's football.

Montagliani dismissed Platini's comments and said Infantino was doing a "fantastic job".

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