SantosHalper Posted August 9, 2013 Share Posted August 9, 2013 Looks like a bit of a sh*tstorm is brewing here. Will the 2022 WC be played in the summer or winter? Will it even be held in Qatar? Premier League head honcho Richard Scudamore said recently that it couldn't be moved to the winter, because this would cause severe disrption to many major leagues, especially in Europe, because the calander would have to be radically changed three years before the tournament. If he got his way, and he may not, then we'd be having a WC in 50 defree heat. This is simply way too hot. Qatar have promised to have air conditioning in the stadiums, but still... Now Greg Dyke (FA chairman) has weighed in, and says it needs to move to winter. Obviously there's huge disagreement over this. http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/aug/09/greg-dyke-fa-premier-league-qatar The most interesting thing about this is how FIFA and Blatter are going to play this. Blatter has made some noises that he wants it moved to either winter or, more drastically, another country entirely. Apparently, if the tournament moved, it'd go to the US, or possibly Australia. What game Blatter is playing at here can only be guessed at, but there's an interesting political aspect to this. Blatter and Michel Platini famously don't get on, and Platini may challenge Blatter for the FIFA presidency next time round. It's well known that Platini was heavily involved in the Qatar take-over of PSG (Sarkozy too), and his son was implicated in a minor scandal because he's employed as a lawyer to people connected to the Qatar bid for PSG. So if Qatar lose the WC, then Platini will get seriously burned and his credibility will take a major hit, threatening his bid for the FIFA presidency in a few years. Another point -- Qatar isn't getting involved in football for benign reasons. The take-overs of Manchester City and PSG and the WC bid are part of a concerted campaign to raise the profile of the country. Why? Here's one possible answer... http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/jul/30/manchester-city-human-rights-accusations You know, the more I think about it, the more I realise that the whole of football is completely ******. What a cesspit it's become. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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