Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Giving up early?

Fifa have made 'a mess' of 2022 World Cup in Qatar, says Hugh Robertson

Hugh Robertson, the sports minister, has condemned Fifa for making "a mess" of handing the 2022 World Cup to Qatar but sees no option other than moving the tournament to the winter.

Fifa's executive committee is due to decide this week on the principle of moving the tournament, and is expected to agree that it should be switched from its usual time of June and July to earlier or later in the year due to the extreme heat during those months. Uefa's 54 member nations have already backed a move. ...

See the whole story here, from The Guardian.

Kicking Back Comments: I have to say I am a bit surprised that UEFA, and now Robertson are giving in so easy. I expected a much bigger fight than this. Then again, knowing TV giants are going to go bananas after the vote is taken in the next few days to actually move the World Cup, they may just be playing "kissy-face" with FIFA until the real fun starts.

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