The Premier League have blasted Sepp Blatter’s proposal to move to 2022 World Cup from the summer to the winter, calling it “neither workable nor desirable.”
FIFA announced today that they plan on discussing whether to move the 2022 World Cup during their October FIFA Executive Committee meetings.
But the Premier League has come out quickly today to say that their position is unchanged. And fair play to them. Why should the Premier League or any other league in the world disrupt their business because FIFA made the inane decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar where the tournament would be held in the summer? Why should the Premier League bow down to FIFA based on FIFA’s poor decision-making and due diligence? If FIFA is serious about not playing the tournament in the summer of 2022 in the desert of Qatar, perhaps FIFA – as ridiculous as it sounds – should move the tournament to a country where the temperatures are more favorable?
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is an explosive topic because something has to change. If the tournament is played in the summer of 2022, the temperatures are going to be so hot that the level of soccer played would be poor. If FIFA wants to move the tournament to the winter of 2022, that’ll clash with the Winter Olympic Games, which will hurt TV ratings for both tournaments. And if they move the tournament to another country altogether, then Qatar will be incensed.
There is no perfect compromise for the World Cup 2022 The only way of not making it a disaster is by moving it to the winter, but I’m not convinced there’s much the Premier League could do to stop it.
Unfortunately, it’s yet another instance of FIFA being a corrupt and inefficient soccer body that is tarnishing the image of the beautiful game around the world.
Here are today’s world soccer news headlines:
- Premier League blasts Sepp Blatter proposal to have 2022 World Cup in Qatar played in winter — Telegraph
- Fifa to hold talks over moving Qatar 2022 World Cup to winter — The Guardian
- Fifa loses free-to-air World Cup TV battle — BBC News
- Klinsmann adds Gonzalez, Besler, Johnson, Gordon to U.S. squad for Gold Cup — Pro Soccer Talk
- Christian Benteke returns for pre-season training with Aston Villa — The Independent
- Luis Suárez staying at Liverpool ‘unless something drastic happens’ — The Guardian
- Chelsea to risk Stamford Bridge conflict with massive Wayne Rooney deal — Evening Standard
- Real Madrid demand £37m for Gonzalo Higuain from Arsenal — The Mail
- BT Sport releases further details of its new programs & presenters ahead of channel launch — Independent
- Manchester United’s Gareth Bale bid will fail — Evening Standard
- ‘Britishers on the attack’: Newcastle’s North American tour in 1949 — The Guardian
- No way back for Wayne Rooney after Chelsea bid — Talk of the Devils
- Sam Allardyce surprised at spending spree by Premier League clubs — Evening Standard
- Gareth Bale tactical evolution, Pt. 2 — Just Football
- FA Cup back on BBC – but final will controversially remain a 5.15pm kick-off — The Telegraph
- Sunderland AFC ready to give up on Argentine full-back Lucas Orban — Chronicle
- Liverpool make a €14m bid for Schalke’s Papadopoulos — 101GG
- Raul Meireles could sign for Sunderland — The Mail
- David Beckham to star in new Sky Sports TV show — The Independent
- Liverpool’s Dani Pacheco set for a loan move to Celta Vigo — The Mail
- Chelsea have moved to refund fans in Indonesia who were charged £1.5k to attend meet-and-greet — Independent
- Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United face toughest start to season ever — The Guardian
- Third loan deal beckons for Arsenal striker Joel Campbell — Evening Standard
- West Brom reject £850,000 bid from Dubai club Al Nasr — Sky Sports
- Oscar Trejo on club’s radar as Hammers make £1.8m — The Mirror
- Vintage photos of Tottenham’s White Hart Lane, between 1903-1969 — The Pies
- Rory Delap ticks all the boxes as he signs Burton Albion deal — This Is Derbyshire
- Oldham sign Edijs Joksts with help from supporters trust — BBC Sport
- QPR enter talks with Karl Henry over deal — The Mail
- Italian match-fixing bans increase in severity as Gillet’s career looks over — Inside World Football
- New Roma signing Kevin Strootman relishing chance to play in Serie A — Sky Sports
- Besiktas and Fenerbache turn to Court of Arbitration for Sport to reverse UEFA match-fixing ban — The Mail
South American soccer
- Diego Maradona denied entry to Disney World due to Communist sympathies — The Pies
- Fluminense sign lease to play at Maracana — SportsPro
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