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Can US-Iran tensions devastate the 2022 World Cup?

The US-Iran tensions have raised security concerns in Asia’s second qualifying round and the 2022 World Cup finals.

Earlier, tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated after a drone attack at Baghdad airport (Iraq) that killed Quds task force commander Qassem Soleimani. However, the attack on Tuesday not only caused tensions in politics, but sports were more or less affected after the death of the Iranian general.

Tensions then escalated as Iran fired a series of ballistic missiles at a military base in Iraq, where US troops were stationed. The Iranian side also warned of threats to attack some allies and US military bases that have raised widespread fears of conflict in the Middle East, of which Qatar is no exception.

Qatar đang từng bước chuẩn bị đăng cai VCK World Cup 2022  /// AFP

The real political confrontation has affected sports, including football. Previously, due to security concerns, the US men’s team on Wednesday decided to cancel the training tour in Doha (Qatar) in preparation for the 2022 World Cup qualifying for North Central America and the Caribbean.

Most recently, US defender Sergio Dest has asked permission to return home from the Ajax club training camp in Qatar because of concerns about rising tension between his country and Iran.

Ajax said Dest had made a request to leave the training camp in Qatar, where teammates were preparing for the remainder of the Dutch top division after the winter break. Sergio Dest is a US-Dutch national, but the player chose to play for the United States.

Along with the downing of a Ukrainian plane in Iran, the moves were more or less disturbing to the organization of the 2022 World Cup, the event hosted by Qatar. Earlier, according to Al Jazeera, Washington had sent nearly 3,000 troops to the Middle East amid growing threats to US forces in the region. Qatar has about 10,000 US military personnel at the Al Udeid base. It is one of the most important US military bases abroad and operates throughout the Middle East.

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So, while it is not yet possible to predict the impact on Qatar’s hosting, the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia resumed in March is becoming a topic of discussion if the tension is over. straight US – Iran does not cool down. Notably, Iran will play at home against Hong Kong in Group C on schedule on March 26. Then, on June 4, Iran and Iraq received respectively Bahrain and Cambodia. These will be matches where the public is very concerned about security if the conflict in the Middle East continues.

In addition, in the second round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia, there will be many home matches from Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, Palestine and UAE.