Qatar will be included as a guest team in one of the European World Cup qualifying groups as part of their preparation for hosting the 2022 tournament, a source with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.
The plan is for the Gulf nation to be placed as a ‘shadow’ team in one of the five-team groups in UEFA’s qualification process and play friendly games against whichever team has a free date on a given matchday.
The move mirrors the approach taken by France for the 2016 European Championship that they hosted.
Neither UEFA nor the Qatari Football Association immediately responded to a request for comment.
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