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Qatar 2022 SWC a 'nightmare'

2011-01-12 07:57

London - The head of England's Football Association has warned on Tuesday that moving the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar to the start of the year would be a "logistical nightmare."

Since the contentious vote in December, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he expects the event to be staged in early 2022 due to concerns about the blistering summer heat in the desert nation.

While moving the World Cup to a cooler time of year would be better for players, it would throw domestic football schedules across Europe into turmoil before and after the tournament.

FA general secretary Alex Horne says that "the notion of playing in Qatar just leaves me in a cold sweat at the moment."

AP

Comments
  • MOTEK-XX - 2011-01-12 08:27

    They should just boycott the SWC in that year! easy!

      Jamesons - 2011-01-12 10:20

      I can’t see the European leagues moving schedules, the premier league, Spanish league, seria A. Come on, that means Africa and far east and South America. World cup has been played at that time of the year since it begun. Quatar is going to have to build indoor stadiums with air cooling. But in that part of the world, I say it is going to be a bomb fest

      Souf Efrican - 2011-01-12 13:09

      Jamesons, you drunk idiot, see my comment on Punani's post you fool.

      John Seloa - 2011-01-12 14:04

      Why don't these English self proclaimed Gods just go to hell. Who do these bastards think they are. Let them boycott the event and just Voetsek afterwards. IDIOTS!!

      Zukisani - 2011-01-13 10:48

      listen!!! Jameson you piece of trash if you going to make racist comments such as "bomb fest" i suggest you shut up , not all Muslim countries have terrorists, you moron and what gives you the idea that the wc being hosted in England it wouldn't be a bomb fest because we all know the type of a relationship they have with terrorists, London bombings do you still remember?

      Zee - 2011-01-13 14:29

      @Jameson - retard alert!! You're a bigoted moron.

  • Igrayne - 2011-01-12 08:37

    Really. the english will find anything to moan about.

      JC - 2011-01-12 09:19

      they did the sa with sa, bloody english

  • Punani - 2011-01-12 08:43

    These are the same Poms that preached doom and gloom before South Africa hosted the World Cup. This is merely sour groups even though they barely managed any votes in the bid. Believe it or not, the World Cup takes preference over the English premiership (which in itself is a mini World Cup because there are so few real English players). And finally, given the poor perfromance of the English team at the last World Cup I think it is very optimistic thinking that they will even be there. Stay on your mud island and dress for the weather you whinging Poms.

      eldert.bongers - 2011-01-12 11:28

      I agree with Punani - English are a bunch of moaners. You ok Pliskin? Your response makes you look like the brainless one

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-12 11:34

      @Pliskin, I must admit that I am not a great fan of Qatar but have you been there recently? They already have good infrastructure and have the money to create more. I am pretty sure that they will be able to air condition all the stadiums if necessary.

      Rajty - 2011-01-12 12:01

      Pliskin....shame- what does it matter where the SWC is held....by the sounds of things you wouldn't be able to go in any case.

  • Bratt - 2011-01-12 08:44

    I bet it won't be a problem for the Qatar team.

  • JustinC. - 2011-01-12 08:58

    That world cup is 11 years away, but the English are already making excuses for when they can't win...

  • Pieter - 2011-01-12 09:06

    the world cup is 5 weeks long.. the european leagues can start 3 weeks earlier and end 3 weeks later.. the poms must stop complaining.. quatar was a shit choice though..

      Jamesons - 2011-01-12 10:13

      Quatar will be a bomb fest

  • Stylin - 2011-01-12 09:07

    The British are of the opinion that they OWN football!!! When the world cup was held in South Africa it was held in Winter [Our winter]... This is the world cup, so whilst half of the world are experiencing summer, the other half experience winter. F*** em, it's not like they're going to win the world cup in this century anyways.

  • Michael - 2011-01-12 09:07

    Bloody Whingers! WTF do they theink they are? Alpha and Omega??? They must just go and shoot the ducks since they don't want to be part of the world cup outside UK.

  • M Jubes - 2011-01-12 09:10

    Should this not have been considered before Sepp and his little cronie followers packed their pockets full of Qatari rials and handed the games to Qatar?

  • kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-01-12 09:11

    Is 11 years not enough time to come up with a plan to reschedule the domestic games? It's a good thing they did not get the SWC it migh have thrown the donestic schedule into the dark ages if they manged to schedule the SWC on time.

  • mikeas7 - 2011-01-12 09:23

    er.. Septic Bladder is suddenly allowing the date be moved? Remember when SA wanted to move the date because of the Highveld winter Bladder's answer: NEIN !!! - it will upset the rest of the world's tournament schedules... so we had it in freezing cold conditions. Now Qatar wants to move it ... "Sure" says Sepp, "no problem ..." WTF????

      Conrad Brits - 2011-01-12 09:43

      Easy. Simply checkout the money trail!! When money talks all reason fall by the wayside!

      Jamesons - 2011-01-12 10:14

      Exactly.

      MadMatt_88 - 2011-01-12 15:07

      Petro-dollars.

  • Dips - 2011-01-12 09:41

    They owned the world, now they still want own something.

  • garriga - 2011-01-12 10:05

    Yeay, Yeah, whatever! No wonder they got humiliated at the voting station. With people like this, who wants to hang around?

  • Will99 - 2011-01-12 10:20

    No suprise here!

  • jwill - 2011-01-12 10:27

    Between the devil and the deep blue see: Hosting the 2022 SWC during the summer = logistical nightmare due to heat. Hosting the 2022 SWC during the cooler season = logistical nightmare due to European season. ....They should've thought about the consequences before voting. Having said this: why don't all the English clubs simply forfeit those 5 games: instead of playing 38, they now play 33. With another 11 years to figure out solutions, the current moaning can only be seen as sour grapes and jealousy.

      Deon - 2011-01-12 13:56

      Thats the silliest comment i've ever heard. Rather don't say anything. It has nothing to do with the English. What about the Spainish, German leagues. They all have to be cut short. It will be a nightmare. Remember the clubs pay the guys salaries. How can a team be crowned champions of the EPL when they haven't played all the teams twice.

  • Redwine - 2011-01-12 10:28

    You bunch of idiots can just yep no matter if topic is race, Ausie, pom or whatever. Qatar is hell in summer it was bad idea period money or no money. The rest of world football has every reason to kick up a storm as the decision was based on original time frames. I would suggest these guys get their lawyers involved and sue the sh-t out of Blatter and cronies for eeven thinking about moving it. These are all businesses in their own right and this is like telling mega stores to all shut down over xmass to give the little corner shops a bit of business.

      mikeas7 - 2011-01-13 00:18

      @John Seloa: I must congratulate you on a wonderful, logical, well thought out reply to Redwine. I am sure most Qatari's will be cringing at your comments. ... you troll.

  • za101 - 2011-01-12 10:39

    cant the english start their own global federation. tell foreign players who play in the premier league to give up playing for their countries if their countries remain part of fifa.

  • Albo - 2011-01-12 11:06

    This is Sepp Blatter we`re talking about. Can`t he just demand the weather to be changed??

  • jarrodaston - 2011-01-12 11:34

    I don't think it's such a bad idea. The players will all be very strong as they wouldn't have endured the punishing schedules that happen in a season. We'd get the players fresh and it would be a victory for the fans. Getting to see the players at their fittest, fastest and at their peak. What's the problem with moving the leagues to start a few weeks early and end a few weeks later. It only happens every 4 years. It may even be an option to do this irrespective of where it's being held. I saw some seriously crap games in SA with some very tired and un-motivated players.

      Zukisani - 2011-01-13 10:25

      u right man who can forget Greece v n Korea at the nelson Mandela bay stadium , it was a disaster those Greece players were so tired they really didn't want to play

  • Mahlomula - 2011-01-12 12:17

    If this is a World Cup we are talking about, then it can be hosted any where in the world regardless of the conditions, unless if we are talking about the FA Cup. 11 years is a long time to plan for conditions that will suite the SWC. Maybe the English humble pie was too hot, now they are scared of the heat.

      Zee - 2011-01-13 14:26

      Could not agree more, it's a WORLD cup for goodness sake. Different countries from all over should be allowed to host this fantastic event. If it doesn't suit the English domestic league then tough, for too long club has been put before country. Qatar is perfectly capable of hosting a world cup, they are a modern society with enough bucks to build airconditioned stadia if they have to. The Poms are a useless bunch of whingers.

  • Mahlomula - 2011-01-12 12:17

    If this is a World Cup we are talking about, then it can be hosted any where in the world regardless of the conditions, unless if we are talking about the FA Cup. 11 years is a long time to plan for conditions that will suite the SWC. Maybe the English humble pie was too hot, now they are scared of the heat.

  • Perfume - 2011-01-12 13:42

    Bring the SWC back to SA...I will still be alive in 2022....in deep thought *of the fun I had during the SWC* lol!!!!!!

  • Georgina - 2011-01-13 21:14

    the poms said that SA couldn't host the world cup but we pulled it off in spectacular fashion. Qatar is in 11 years time so they have 11 years to pull it of besides surely FIFA would have considered the decision.

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