Back in 2010 FIFA made the decision to award the World Cup, the biggest competition in football, to Qatar. They've never qualified for the tournament before and in hosting it they would become the first Arab nation to do so, so it was huge news.
But what's followed is controversy after controversy, ranging from human rights issues, climate concerns, transportation, cultural and political issues & now more news has surfaced about the actual format of the competition.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup has already had to be moved from it's usual summer date (June - July) to November - December which is going to severely disrupt club football in pretty much every nation, but now FIFA have had to do a u-turn on how many sides will actually be able to qualify.
Plans were initially launched for the tournament to be the first in history to host 48 nations, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino keen to spread matches across the Middle East to make the event even more of a showpiece.
Qatar barely has the infrastructure to host a 32 team tournament, let alone 48 so getting some co-hosts was crucial for these plans to suffice. But the deep political and economic divides in the Middle East simply make this not feasible, so there's more embarrassment and controversy heading FIFA's way.
The games governing body released a statement: "FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries. Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now."