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Football Supporters chief: Qatar is all about money

Football Supporters Federation chief executive Kevin Miles has reacted passionately to news that a Fifa task force has recommended the 2022 Qatar World Cup be staged in November and December.

"If you asked a few years ago about what Qatar can contribute to football," Miles explained, "the only thing people would say would be 'money.' That cannot be a healthy basis as being the only criteria with which decision are made."


European Club chairman wants compensation from Fifa

European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Europe's clubs will deserve to be compensated if the 2022 Qatar World Cup is staged in November and December.

Rummenigge isn't surprised by recommendations Fifa's task force. Credit: Reuters

Rummenigge, who is also the chairman of German giants Bayern Munich, was speaking after a Fifa task force today recommended the tournament is played between late November and late December.

A Fifa meeting in Zurich next month is expected to confirm those dates, with wide-ranging consequences for Europe's biggest domestic leagues, many of whom enjoy packed schedules during the calendar year's final two months.

In a statement released to the media today, Rummenigge explained:

All match calendars across the world will have to accommodate such tournament in 2022/23, which requires everyone’s willingness to compromise. However, the European clubs and leagues cannot be expected to bear the costs for such rescheduling. We expect the clubs to be compensated for the damage that a final decision would cause.

– European Club Association Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Premier League chief feels 'let down' by Fifa and UEFA

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has expressed his disappointment after Fifa's task force recommended staging the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December.

Scudamore wants minimal disruption to his Premier League schedule. Credit: Reuters

The recommendation is likely to be ratified at a Fifa meeting in Zurich next month and would play havoc with the Premier League campaign, which includes a packed schedule of matches during the last two months of the calendar year.

Scudamore feels the UEFA Champions League has been protected by Fifa's decision rather than domestic leagues such as the Premier League.


British Fifa chief against late December World Cup final

Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce will oppose any move to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup final as late as December 23.

Boyce doesn't want the final as late as December 23rd. Credit: PA

The task force announced its recommendation for a "late November to late December" winter World Cup following a meeting in Doha, and also said that the tournament should be shortened.

Boyce, from Northern Ireland, said moving the World Cup to the winter was a "common sense" decision but that a final on December 23, which is reportedly one of the options, would be too close to Christmas and the traditional festive matches.

I think that is too close to Christmas - that's the only reservation I would have and I would like it a week earlier, but I want to wait until the FIFA executive committee meeting to hear all the details about the dates.

It will cause a lot of disruption but it is eight years away and people should have enough time to make it work.

– FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce

Fifa admit concerns over 2022 Qatar World Cup

The chief of Fifa's task force into the 2022 Qatar World Cup admits a series of concerns were expressed after it was recommended that the tournament be staged in November and December.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa admits the event could be shortened. Credit: Reuters

The head of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA meeting next month, when the recommendation is expected to be ratified by the executive committee of world soccer's governing body.

Some people have concerns, but whatever decision you're going to take will have some questions about it.

But we need to look at the overall benefit of everybody. There are no plans to reduce the size of the tournament from 32 teams or 64 matches, but the tournament would be shortened by a matter of days.

– Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa

FIFA recommends shorter 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The FIFA statement confirmed the task force had recommended a shorter tournament

The 2022 World Cup is likely to be staged in November and December. Credit: PA

It said: "The outcome of the discussions is also a proposed reduced competition days schedule with the exact dates to be defined inline with the match schedule and number of venues to be used for the 22nd edition of football's flagship event.

"The proposed event dates have the full support of all six confederations. The proposal will be discussed at the next meeting of the FIFA executive committee, scheduled to take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 19 and 20 March 2015. "

The statement said the task force was exploring the option of staging the Confederations Cup in another Asian confederation country during the traditional June/July window in 2021, and using another FIFA competition such as the Club World Cup as the operational test event for Qatar in November/December 2021.

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