Europe’s Top Leagues protest against 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar

August 12, 2013 10:13 pm


When Qatar won the 2022 World Cup bid, it captured the imagination and ignited the hopes of people across the middle east. But it seems the dream would be short lived as the western world dominated FIFA has since portrayed reluctance to the peninsular gulf nation hosting the World’s biggest football event, citing multiple reasons.

First there were multiple allegations of corruption and when these were finally laid to rest, the issue of warm temperatures in Qatar, which certain FIFA representatives termed as ‘unbearable’ was brought up.

While the west has been digging up various excuses to steal the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has been nothing but cooperative throughout this tragic saga. Qatar have cooperated throughout the investigations on the alleged bribery and even agreed to FIFA’s suggestions of hosting the Cup in Winter as a viable solution to the summer temperature issue when notable European football dignitaries including FA Chairman Greg Dyke termed the idea of their teams playing in Qatar in the summer as too risky.

However, it seems even the arab nation’s compromise to host the Fifa World Cup in winter has done little to appease the European powers. The proposal initiated by FIFA and supported by Qatar is now under attack from the west.

Representatives of the top 5 leagues in Europe namely – the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga, the Italian Serie A and the French Ligue 1 lodged their protest to FIFA during the weekend while Qatar was engaged with Eid Al Fitr celebrations.

The 5 nations are supporting the viewpoint of European Professional Football League’s Chairman Frederic Thiriez. The EPFL has told Fifa President Sepp Blatter that the FIFA executive committee had the right to choose the venue of the World Cup but did not have the authority to alter its timing due to the logistical difficulties that it would cause in the European leagues.

The two day Fifa Executive Committee in Zurich early in October was expected to approve the winter World Cup in Qatar, however it seems the decision would now be in jeopardy following this new development.

The EPFL letter has shown indications of unrest across Europe over the Qatar World Cup being held in the winter.

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Aani Fatimah Khatoon is the Associate editor of Qatar Chronicle. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. A passionate feminist and ardent writer. She pens articles on public interest issues and happenings across the world.

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