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SBD Global/July 30, 2013/International Football
EPL Chief Richard Scudamore Launches Scathing Attack On FA, Winter World Cup
Published July 30, 2013
WORLD CUP WORRIES: REUTERS' Mike Collett reported Scudamore "also expressed his worries" that the 2022 World Cup will be moved from summer to winter "because of the intense heat in Qatar, thus disrupting his league." Scudamore "is totally opposed to the idea." Scudamore: "I'm not going to say I think it will happen because I'm still working the best I can, garnering enough support, a groundswell of support, to make sure it doesn't happen in winter. We do want to have it in summer -- the summer is the right time" (REUTERS, 7/29). The London EVENING STANDARD reported Scudamore "points out that the heat problem was obvious before the voting." Scudamore: "The idea the technical committee did not know people were going to be exposed to that heat is crazy. The issue should have been thrashed out around the discussion table. If the Qataris are unable to host a proper tournament in the summer, they shouldn’t have been awarded it" (EVENING STANDARD, 7/29). The PA's Simon Stone reported Scudamore "has cautioned against the prospect of taking legal action to prevent a winter World Cup." Scudamore and his counterparts across the ''big five'' European leagues are "furious" at the prospect of the 2022 event in Qatar being shifted to winter. Yet it seems actually taking on FIFA through the courts "is not a palatable prospect." Scudamore: "I wouldn't go there. That is far too contentious really; taking on the world governing body. We will do our lobbying but it is far too premature to be talking about legal action" (PA, 7/29).