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Montevideo, September 30th 2023 - 23:33 UTC
Holding the controversy-plagued 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar at the end of that year rather than the scorching summer is FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s preferred option, he told French radio station France Info. Read full article
Lets be honest, I know unheard of for FIFA.
But the bid was won under false pretense.
It has taking forever for Qatar and FIFA to finally admit that a games during the Northern Hemisphere summer is quite impossible.
At no point in the bidding process was it made clear that the Qatar bid was for a winter event.
Clearly the bidding process should be re-opened with now the full details of the Qatar bid have been made public.
The man is corrupt, and the game is not far behind,
we reap what we ignore. corruption ......
Qatar has already spent a lot of money on infrastructure. It would lead to a shitstorm if the cup was taken away. Is 2022 far enough away for people - clubs, sponsors, broadcasters, fans to rearrange their plans - YES.
Without us being slightly flexible we are effectively saying that a Middle East country cannot host the WC, which I think is wrong.
I object to the WC being taken away from Qatar on the grounds of the weather, if we can get around the problems by being flexible.
I don't object to taking the WC away from Qatar on other grounds, if it was proven corruption in the bid, if they were using slave labour or abusive labour practices to build the stadiums, if the safety of WC workers were being ignored, if the safety of fans would be in danger e.g. if there was a danger to fans on the basis of their sex, race, religious beleifs, sexual orientation. Are we sure gay fans will be safe from persecution if they attend the Cup? That is where we should be closely examining Qatar as hosts.
Let's approach this reasonably. Just for a laugh, Blatter staked out, naked, in the centre circle. Penalty points for running around him. Automatic extra time. Let's see how he feels after 2 hours of being stamped on. And then the important question. Do you WANT to be president of FIFA? Slight drawback. The answer Yes means another 2 hours of play under the same conditions. Up to 22 substitutes, per team, allowed.
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