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Ex-New England striker Twellman questions Qatar WC decision

Recently-retired New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman is 'curious' as to how the 2022 World Cup ended up in Qatar.

Last week's controversial decision saw the tournament awarded to the tiny Middle Eastern country, who won the vote from the USA and Australia, and there has been plenty of speculation from all around questioning the choice.

Twellman has entered the debate and wonders how Qatar got the rights to host the sport's biggest event in 12 years time.

"I watched the whole thing and when I saw [U.S. Soccer President] Sunil Gulati's face it made me sick to my stomach because it looked like he was going to throw up," Twellman said.

"My concern is that if FIFA is going to spread the game and give it to Australia, then I'll raise my hand and say, 'Hey, they gave it to us in '94.' But I don't know how it ends up there of all places and now there is talk that the World Cup may be in January or February?

"I'm struggling with the whole concept that a country smaller than Connecticut wants to build eight stadiums and then knock them down after. I'm just very curious about how it all happened."

And Twellman said soccer fans should prepare themselves for a few horror stories that may come out in the next few years that could shed some light on the decision.

"... I think the truth is going to come out in the next four to five years. I think you're going to hear some horror stories," Twellman added.

"... I don't know what happened. It wasn't a close vote either. The best way to describe it is, watch the tape when they get it. They're not even celebrating. ... I'm disappointed I would have liked to have had it here for our sport. I think for MLS it would have been huge."

Andrew Slevison
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