Sydney - Australia's football chairperson called on Tuesday for "just and fair
compensation" for affected nations if the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar is
moved to winter over fears of stifling summer heat.
the head of Football Federation Australia, joined European club chiefs
in voicing concern about a FIFA proposal to move the World Cup to
January and February, instead of the traditional June-July.
chief Sepp Blatter stoked tensions over the controversial idea by
arguing that it was not responsible to play in summer in the Gulf
states, where temperatures can hit a blistering 50 degrees Celsius (122
This prompted a strong response from Lowy,
who said nations whose domestic leagues would be thrown into chaos by a
date shift - including Australia - should get a payout for financial
losses and disruption.
He also said FIFA must consider that "just
and fair compensation should be paid to those nations that invested many
millions, and national prestige, in bidding for a summer event".
sank some Aus$43 million (US$40 million) into its unsuccessful 2022
cup bid, which was based on the assumption the tournament would be in
the traditional mid-year months.
"Australia invested heavily in the World Cup process and the entire nation was behind the bid," Lowy said.
"Since December 2010 Australia has been careful not to let its misgivings about the process be interpreted as sour grapes.
now, with increasing speculation about a change that will impact on us
as one of the bidding nations, and because our competition will be
affected, we have made our position public."
Lowy urged FIFA not
to rush into a decision without consulting member associations or
without allowing an internal ethics inquiry underway into the 2022 cup
to run its course.
He said there was a "real risk of making a bad situation worse".
has an opportunity now to make the best of a bad situation by embarking
on a transparent and orderly approach, unlike the process that led to
the original flawed decision in December 2010," he said.