The 2022 World Cup has been called off after all the stadiums in Qatar due to host the competition’s games were destroyed by anti-slavery campaigners.
But overnight, the gleaming football grounds have been taken down in an audacious raid carried out by a small army of determined protestors.
Their spokesman, James Stevens from Glasgow, said: “With all the world’s attention being focused on Bristol and the statue of Edward Colston, no-one was expecting our mob to rock up to Qatar and quickly take down their footy pitches.
“The timing just couldn’t have been better for us. I reckon that makes it Anti-Slavery Protestors 1 Qatar 0. Get in, back of the net.”
Football’s governing body FIFA admitted that with so little time to replace the stadiums or select a new host country there was little option other than to cancel the competition.
Spokesman Jean-Claude Jones said: “We had briefly considered the possibility of Qatar 2022 being used for an alternative sporting spectacular, something other than football which didn’t need big stadiums.
“But unfortunately a conference call to our sponsors concluded there was little enthusiasm for hosting the Tiddlywinks World Cup.”