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Published February 8, 2011
CHANGE OF HEART: In London, Ben Smith noted FIFA President Sepp Blatter yesterday “backtracked on a plan to switch” the ‘22 World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter. Blatter admitted that “his proposal to move the World Cup was now on hold,” despite "previously saying that he 'expected' the tournament to be held in January instead of June." He also “ruled out a recent suggestion that the tournament could be co-hosted by other neighbouring nations.” Blatter: “Everything is settled now for summer and with all 64 matches in the territory of Qatar. In the bidding documents it was clearly established that the executive committee reserved the right to change anything in the bidding process, but here in this case it must come from Qatar” (THETIMES.co.uk, 2/7).
SIGN UP DAY: In Milwaukee, Tom Haudricourt reported Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio has “accepted a position” on MLB’s Labor Committee and “will take part in negotiating” a new CBA with the MLBPA. Attanasio: “I look at the situation with the players as a partnership. Without players, we don’t have a game. There’s a lot of work to be done” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/6).