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SBD Global/August 12, 2013/International Football
FA Chair Greg Dyke Shifts Organization's Stance On 2022 Winter World Cup
Published August 12, 2013
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TIME TO SPARE: The PA reported FIFA VP Jim Boyce has told the Premier League that "it would have more than enough time to prepare for a winter World Cup in Qatar." However, Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore said that "a switch would have a three-year knock-on effect for his competition." Boyce said, "I fully understand the Premier League, but I would hope that in nine years' time, for the good of football, people can sit down and realise a sensible decision has to be made. Most of the opposition appears to be coming from the Premier League. There are many European countries who cannot play in the winter and do have a winter break" (GUARDIAN, 8/11).
QATAR HITS BACK: The SHANGHAI DAILY wrote "insisting they deserve the chance to stage the World Cup," Qatar’s football leaders "hit back at their English counterparts for suggesting that FIFA consider taking the 2022 tournament away from the desert nation." Dyke incensed the Qataris by arguing that "the heat in the tiny emirate could be 'very dangerous.'" The Qatar World Cup supreme committee said in a statement, "Football is the most popular sport in the Middle East and the people of our region deserve the opportunity to have history made in their part of the world" (SHANGHAI DAILY, 8/11).