Jan 7, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT
It has just come to FIFA’s attention that, apparently, it gets hot in the Middle East. Why was the organization’s president, Sepp Blatter, not informed of this? Heads will roll. Citing “health concerns for players,” Blatter said on Friday that he expects to switch the 2022 World Cup to winter, lest the searing heat in Qatar melt his face like that scene with the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. CNN:
“I expect it to be in the winter because when you play football you must protect the main people, the players,” Blatter told gathered reporters in the Qatari capital Doha ahead of the Asian Cup, which starts later Friday.
“If there really is a will to change dates then we have enough time to do it because we still have 11 years to go.”
Blatter also defended FIFA’s decision to hold the 2026 World Cup inside the crater of an active volcano in Italy. In addition, he under fire for considering a bid from Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, to host the 2030 Cup. Blatter, however, is adamant that the sport should “branch out,” even if it means asphyxiation death from Titan’s many methane lakes.
Of course the biggest drawback to a winter World Cup would be the conflict with European leagues, most of which are in winter break or playing Champions League games during the time the Cup would be played. Would the big clubs allow their star players to leave in the middle of the season? Not without massive compensation, one would guess.
Shouldn’t all of this have been considered before or during the bidding process? Why is FIFA run like an episode of I Love Lucy?
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