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Again Fifa Show Their Incompetence
Posted Feb 10, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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Well, once again it has become apparent that Fifa are still completely unable to adequately work out just how to stick to their decisions. The latest revelation from Sepp Blatter that he is expecting the 2022 World Cup to take place in Summer, not the Winter as was apparently being discussed. With the Qatar climate reaching potential temperatures of 40C, there were significant concerns that the players would be at risk of dehydration and subsequent injuries.
The concept of playing the World Cup in Winter due to the lower temperatures had initially been voiced by Franz Beckenbauer and consequently by head of UEFA Michel Platini, both concerned over the health of players. Whilst there were no initial confirmations, Blatter had stated that the option was certainly worth considering, even though various figures from world football voiced their concerns on the potential impact on the domestic game should the World Cup be moved.
However, now Blatter has come out and seemingly confirmed that Fifa’s flagship tournament will not in fact be moved, and that it will take place in the traditional summer period. Speaking to the BBC, the Fifa head honcho stated that ‘For the time being the matter is on ice. Everything is settled for summer.’ He also added that he ‘was not in favour of one or the other. All 64 matches will be played in the territory of Qatar.’
The voting process had been shrouded in controversy following England only receiving two votes in the voting for the 2018 tournament, with Prime Minister David Cameron observing that the way world football was managed was ‘murky.’ There was also high controversy with Qatar’s initial election to hold the tournament over Australia, given that the latter has a far superior record in tournament participation. Qatar is one of the wealthiest nations in the world.
Blatter has vehemently denied any wrong-doing however, adding that he could understand if those that had lost in the process were ‘not happy.’ He also added that ‘there was a bundle of votes between Spain and Qatar’.
Eyes will undoubtedly be on Fifa to see how the development of the 2022 world cup continues.
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