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Blatter hints at winter World Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted the 2020 World Cup in Qatar could be moved to winter due to the potentially dangerous summer heat.

The Arab state was awarded the tournament by the world football governing body in December 2010, with initial concerns raised over the likely temperatures at that time of year dismissed out of hand.

However, with a lack of provisions for protection against the weather having received widespread criticism, Blatter has hinted at a possible climbdown.

“If this World Cup is to become a party for the people, you can’t play football in the summer,” he said. “You can cool down the stadiums but you can’t cool down the whole country.

“There is still enough time. I will bring this up to the executive committee.”

Qatar is expected to become the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup, but boasts peak temperatures of over 40 degrees during July.

The country’s bid for the competition has been dogged by allegations of bribery since the decision was announced.

Wed 17 Jul, 2013
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1 Comment:

  1. King Kong says:

    Some reports say that this issue is a blatant mistake?

    Up to this moment, almost all have been discussed thoroughly. We know that there were two most influential people in FIFA having different ideas about the 2022 tournament. One aimed at USA while the other the Qatar.

    Also, it is already a truth that the one who wanted to give the holding right to Qatar is Platini because he admitted. As well, he admitted that, before the vote, he had already promised two things to the Qataris heads. One of these two promises is to move the time from summer to winter. Therefore, it is impossible to say that the FIFA voting members did not know.

    Adding to the admittance of Platini, the other lower and middle ranked officials in FIFA knew too. That is why they have a technical report saying that it is a high risk to hold the tournament in Qatar in summer. Apparently and reasonably, no super figure head in FIFA dared say no to Qatar, like telling Australia that Australia is not the targeted choice, because the wealth power of this middle east country which has many influential people, like rich businessmen and the then AFC president. Remember also that when Australia wanted to bid for a winter World Cup tournament for better TV watching rate due to the higher population in the Asian time zone, Blatter turned that proposal of changing to winter down. This suggestion by the Australian bidding team was well reported. Why Australia asked for a change? Maybe, it was because that they have heard that the competitor, Qatar, was asking for a change. Why Blatter turned the change down? Maybe, he was targeting for USA to hold the World Cup in 2022. Anyhow, there is no excuse whatsoever that the senior, middle or junior officials did not know. Actually, almost everyone in the world knows the heat problem in Qatar as far as he/she can use online technology.

    As said above, Blatter didn’t ask Qatar not to apply due to the heat problem, like refusing to recommend Australia to enter the bidding competition, because he could not dare say no to the very influential Qataris and some of the high ranking members in FIFA. Therefore, he was thinking that the technical report would work, working in a way to change some of the minds of the voting members. However, he failed. That was why we could see some of the reports saying that he mentioned about the technical report in a number of occasions after Qatar had won.

    After saying so many facts that almost everyone knew beforehand that there was a heat problem in a country in the middle of a desert, many dare say that this is not a mistake. This is not a mistake as titled. This is the most blatant cheat!

    This is a cheat.

    I remember hearing Morgan Freeman speak on the USA’s behalf at the bidding of the 2022 World Cup.

    It was elegant, moving, and contained all the power and persuasion that comes with a classic performance form the treasured actor.

    It is a cheat.

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