Football fans based in Qatar lapped up a majority of Visa Presale tickets for the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 to be held in Qatar next month, it was revealed on Thursday.
Thousands of English football fans draped in their team's colours gathered in Madrid ahead of Saturday's Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham, many still desperately seeking tickets for the match.
All roads will lead to the Al Wakrah Stadium on Thursday as the newly-built venue for the 2022 World Cup will host the Amir Cup final.
Responding to the FIFA statement, Jibril Rajoub said that the decision was "unfair" and said he would launch an appeal.
The sports channel made the announcement just before the tournament opened following consultation with FIFA.
Thousands answered India captain Sunil Chhetri's emotional plea for football fans to turn out and support the team in their international against Kenya on Monday after earlier matches saw scant attendance.
Ronaldo's goal, when he met Dani Carvajal's cross with an incredible overhead kick, was the second in Real's 3-0 win in the quarter-final first leg and was applauded by the home fans.