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SBD Global/August 19, 2013/International Football
Former FA Chair Bernstein Calls For Qatar World Cup Rebid Instead Of Move To Winter
Published August 19, 2013
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'SERIOUS BUSINESS': The BBC reported Bernstein's successor FA Chair Greg Dyke suggested that FIFA could either change when the tournament is played or change the location, adding "that the former is more likely than the latter." However, Bernstein -- similarly to the EPL -- "opposes a change of dates." He said, "It's a huge issue. My personal view on this is unchanged. In 2010 FIFA awarded two World Cups at the same time. It was a controversial thing to do and I believe that FIFA regret doing it now. Bidding for a World Cup is a serious business. There is a lot of money and national prestige involved" (BBC, 8/18). INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Paul Nicholson reported Asian Football Confederation President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has added his voice to the Qatar 2022 debate, saying that "he is confident that Qatar will host a 'magnificent' World Cup." A statement issued via the AFC media office, however, "stops short of entering the Winter vs. Summer discussion, saying he is confident that FIFA will make the best decision for all" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/16).