Two months ago, before the bidding to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups took place, Spain and Qatar were under investigation for alleged vote trading, and although subsequently cleared, Qatar did indeed win the rights to host the 2022 World Cup. Qatar being world renowned for its long standing football heritage.
Now just over a week since the open and honest voting procedure took place we learn that Barcelona has a new shirt sponsor. Barcelona are famous for never having a shirt sponsor, the shirts remaining unsoiled by corporate logos (though they have recently paid to support the UNICEF cause). Something which the fans were rightly proud of.
That has all changed as Barcelona have signed up to biggest shirt sponsorship deal in history, worth £125 million. And the new sponsor? The Qatar Foundation. Surely a coincidence?