"Everyone is welcome," he told ESPN. "We do not mix sport and politics, but we would hope that Palestinians are able to make it, too."
It is not, however, a phrase that appeals greatly to Hassan Al Thawadi, the man who heads Qatar’s organising body for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in the Gulf state.
Iranian authorities had assured world governing body FIFA that women would be allowed to attend the game and have set aside sections of the stadium for women.
About 2,000 workers unable to recover unpaid wages, despite the dispute committees and a fund established to pay them back, with many forced to return home unpaid.
The detention of the former soccer star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart.
To truly have an impact in Gaza, the emirate should build a soccer stadium in the Strip, and move there some of the World Cup, whose hosting it has won unfairly.
FIFA refused to comment on the report and the allegations.
A few questions immediately presented themselves. First, who was this mysterious “Hot Dog Rabbi?”
Doha’s decision met with praise and criticism as wealthy emirate and its neighbors have historically rejected refugees and abused migrant workers.
Qatar is a major sponsor of world terrorism, funding Hamas’s military wing in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Al Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.