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Winter World Cup in Qatar a mistake?
July 25, 2013 1:38 by kippreport
Awarding the world’s biggest single sports event to Qatar in 2022, even in winter, was a “blatant mistake”, says Theo Zwanziger, FIFA executive committee member, during an interview with Sportbild magazine.
The former head of the German football federation (Dfb) attacked the decision soon after FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, repeated his view that the finals would have to be played in winter.
The traditional summer slot would simply not work in the gas-rich state of Qatar since, according to Blatter, “you can cool down the stadiums but you can’t cool down the whole country”.
Zwanziger also said that shifting the tournament to the winter months would put the unity of German football in danger, reported Reuters.
“Changing the World Cup to the winter is going deep into the structures of European national federations and also amateur football in Germany,” he says.
He added that a winter World Cup would mean the public watching with “ice skating boots in freezing temperatures”.
Blatter had stressed in the past that any request to change the timing of the World Cup would have to come directly from the organisers. However, the FIFA executive committee would meet to discuss the issue in October.