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Qatar – politics and payouts?

Posted by Bill Sluben on December 9, 2010

There aren’t many on this side of the Atlantic Ocean who were pleased to hear Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Count former Revolution forward Taylor Twellman in that bunch.

“I watched the whole thing and when I saw [U.S. Soccer President] Sunil Gulati’s face it made me sick to my stomach because it looked like he was going to throw up,” Twellman said. “My concern is that if FIFA is going to spread the game and give it to Australia, then I’ll raise my hand and say, ‘Hey, they gave it to us in ’94.’ But I don’t know how it ends up there of all places and now there is talk that the World Cup may be in January or February?

“I’m struggling with the whole concept that a country smaller than Connecticut wants to build eight stadiums and then knock them down after. I’m just very curious about how it all happened.”

Even days after the decision, the news still stings and Twellman said he doesn’t think this is the end of the controversy with reports of people being paid for votes.

“… I think the truth is going to come out in the next four to five years. I think you’re going to hear some horror stories,” Twellman said.

“… I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t a close vote either. The best way to describe it is, watch the tape when they get it. They’re not even celebrating. … I’m disappointed I would have liked to have had it here for our sport. I think for MLS it would have been huge.”

Twellman was at an event this afternoon to promote Liberty Bay Credit Union in Braintree. Twellman, Patriots receiver Wes Welker and Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis are all members of the bank and shared their experiences with the bank with members of the community.


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