FIFA Denies Reports That 2022 World Cup Will Be Moved From 'ISIS-supporting' Qatar

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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter announces that Qatar will be hosting the 2022 Soccer World Cup, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Credit: AP

The international football federation FIFA on Monday denied reports that its president, Sepp Blatter, had told executives that the 2022 World Cup would not take place in Qatar.

The Daily Mail reported early Monday that Blatter had told Norwegian soccer executives that Qatar's leaders were "arrogant" and "they think they're allowed to do anything with their money," adding that they support ISIS, also known as the Islamic State.

A FIFA spokesperson categorically denied the report, telling IBTimes U.K. that "the claims made by the sources are unfounded. The 2022 Fifa World Cup will take place in Qatar."

FIFA's decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup in 2010 has come under heavy scrutiny for the past four years. Since temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Qatar during the summer, many claim the decision hold the World Cup in Qatar made very little sense, accusing the selection process of being wrought with corruption.

Qatar has planned to build air conditioned stadiums to combat the high temperatures. However, nearly 1,000 foreign workers have died while preparing the necessary infrastructure.