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Louis van Gaal slams 'ridiculous' decision to host the World Cup in Qatar

Holland manager Louis Van Gaal says it is 'ridiculous' that the World Cup will be in Qatar
Holland manager Louis Van Gaal says it is 'ridiculous' that the World Cup will be in Qatar / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has hit out at the decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.

The 70-year-old has dismissed suggestions that the aim to "promote football" in Qatar as "bull****".

Holland have qualified for this winter's tournament after finishing top of their group, but Van Gaal has insisted he is opposed to the World Cup taking place in Qatar.

As reported by Eurosport, Van Gaal said: "Everyone knows that I think it's ridiculous that the World Cup is there.

"That we are going to play in a country to allow football to develop there? That's bulls***. It is about money and commercial interests. That matters in FIFA.

"Why do you think I'm not on a committee with my expertise? I've always opposed those kinds of organisations. It is not right. I can say that in Qatar, but that [my opposition] doesn't help the world get rid of this problem."

Multiple human rights groups have raised concerns about the tournament being held in Qatar where migrant workers have lost their lives while building stadiums and other facilities.

He added: "I think it's wrong that this tournament was given [to Qatar]. Immigrant workers are subjected to days without rest with the temperature under a torrid 50 degrees, they suffer from insufficient nutrition, without drinking water and at crazy temperatures. All of these points are absolutely unacceptable."

He went on to say: "Would a boycott serve to improve working conditions? I think not. Football always arouses extreme attention. Be it before the tournament or during it.”

The World Cup is due to get under way on November 21 and will run until December 18.