Qatar defenders say that critics should keep politics out of soccer. They claim that the sport brings the world together and is a force for positive change. This is ridiculous because Qatar bought the World Cup to increase its soft and hard power. Their fellow Gulf nations put them under blockade from 2017 to 2021 (via Al Jazeera).
In the end, Qatar grew closer to Turkey and Iran instead of its other neighbors. Finally, the blockade came to end without achieving anything. Middle Eastern politics are complex but Qatar came out of this crisis in a stronger position. The World Cup helped them to increase their global profile because nobody knew where the country was before this.