Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, during yesterday’s press briefing about the Executive Committee meeting in which FIFA discussed the 2022 World Cup, among other things.
In addition to making clear that FIFA had no plans to take the games away from Qatar, Blatter said the committee has postponed deciding on whether to reschedule the Qatar cup to the cooler winter months until at least 2014.
In the meantime, a newly formed task force will consult with players, clubs, leagues, federations and other stakeholders to come up with the best schedule for 2022. A “roadmap” will be presented in December, but no definitive timeframe will be until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Blatter said.
In response to international criticism about the dismal treatment of low-income construction workers here, the official said:
“We can’t turn a blind eye here, and it does affect us. But it’s not a direct intervention from FIFA that will change things. This intervention can only be carried out by Qatar itself, and Qatar has confirmed that they will do.”
He added that he will visit Qatar and meet with the new Emir to discuss these matters.
Qatar’s plans ‘unaffected’ by FIFA move
FIFA’s delay in making a decision on the dates for the 2022 Qatar World Cup will not affect the country’s plans for the tournament, a senior official has told the Reuters news agency.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced on Friday that soccer’s governing body would set up a consultation process to decide whether the finals should be held in the hot summer months or moved to the winter.
Blatter added the organisation hoped to reach a decision after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and by 2015 at the latest.
The lack of a resolution to the problem has not affected Qatar officials who said their preparations, which include plans to use cooling technology in stadiums, training areas and fan zones, were unaltered.
“For us it doesn’t really affect our planning,” the organising committee’s communications and marketing director Nasser al-Khater said in an interview during which he denied the lack of a decision was a frustrating setback.
“Our delivery is based on a summer World Cup in 2022. Regardless of the date, we’re going to be delivering and be ready.
“Our cooling technology, which has always been in the plan, which is a major legacy project, will still go ahead,” added al-Khater. “It’s not just a legacy for Qatar, it’s a legacy for different countries on the globe that have a similar climate.
“For them to be able to utilise this cooling technology for mega events whether that be sporting events or other type of events, I think is a great legacy to give to the world.
“We’ll be happy for the tournament to be held in winter, summer, as long as the international football community has a consensus, as long as they are all happy and in