ISIS Tells FIFA: Cancel the World Cup or We’ll Bomb It

There is fresh opposition to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – and this time it’s not because of the heat

Before the winner of the Brazil World Cup has even been decided, the 2022 event is facing fresh threats. And this time, it’s not down to construction delays or street protests, it’s ambitious terrorists.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organisation currently wreaking havoc in the Middle East, issued a bizarrely polite threat to FIFA earlier this week, warning them not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The group claims that by that stage, Qatar will be a part of its newly-declared Islamic Caliphate, “under the rule of the Caliph Ibrahim Bin Awad Alqarshi” (the full name of ISIS leader Al Baghdady). Under that caliphate, football games will be considered “a diversion from Islam”.

This map, circulated widely as outlining an ISIS five-year plan, has been largely debunked, but may be indicative of the widest extent of their ambitions.
This map, circulated widely as outlining an ISIS five-year plan, has been largely debunked, but may be indicative of the widest extent of their ambitions.

After the message was released on Sunday, it spread virally on social media platforms. Given the violent ongoing devastation by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, resulting in masses of dead bodies the Al Qaeda-inspired group leaves in their wake, what is perhaps most surprising about ISIS’s threat is its tone.

Regally addressing the FIFA President by his full first name “Joseph” (he goes by the moniker “Sepp”) the terror group “suggest” Mr. Blatter had better find a replacement venue for the Qatar event, while nonchalantly mentioning the long-range scud missiles ISIS claims to have acquired, which would put the Kingdom well within their strike range. Having issued their warning, the group signs off with a “thanks”.

The full message – as posted on ISIS’s forum alplatformmedia.com and reprinted in Egypt’s Al Wattan newspaper reads:

“From the soldiers of the Caliphate state to the president of the international football association Joseph S. Blatter: