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Fifa decision to give Qatar World Cup was political

By Paul Scholes

I have visited Qatar as a United player for warm-weather training camps and found it to be a good place for that kind of thing: great facilities and a convenient destination to go during the British winter.

For a World Cup finals it is a crazy place to play, especially the original plan to stage it in summer.

The simple question that always bothers me is why has England, with its stadiums and infrastructure and love of the game, had the World Cup finals only once?

The politics of Fifa are for the game's administrators to sort out.

Don't expect many footballers to wade into the debate this week.

When we were in the dressing room at United we left those kind of issues to the manager and the chief executive.

As a footballer it is hard enough making sure you are in the right frame of mind to win matches - the job you are paid to do - without getting involved in the politics of the game.

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