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it ain’t the heat; its the humidity.

By Mike Cunningham On October 4th, 2013

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As many may have read previously from my postings, I know very little about Sport in general, football even less; and care not at all.

 

But even I know that its stiflingly hot in Qatar in summertime.

20 Responses to “it ain’t the heat; its the humidity.”

  1. The timing of the 2022 tournament is totally beside the point, which is that this was a deeply corrupt decision by a deeply corrupt organisation. A total of 11 of the 24 FIFA council members who awarded the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Quatar respectively in 2011 have since resigned, most of them under a cloud.

    The entire process for both 2018 and 2022 needs to be re-run totally in the open, but there is no chance of this happening while Blatter remains in charge, and Platiny has gone over to the dark side by supporting Blatter, apparently in the expectation of succeeding him.

  2. Was there not the promise of air conditioned stadiums?

  3. If they move it to the winter, would the top professional players still be expected to play for their national teams?

    Would the pro teams be obligated to release them for this period?

    If they did allow them to go play World Cup, who pays the players’s salary for that period of weeks? Not the pro team, who would be getting no value for what may be their best player?

    Wow what a mess.

  4. Phantom

    The clubs pay salaries to their players even when they are on international duty. The (doubtful) rationale is that a successful national team helps the clubs to prosper.

    But if the 2022 World Cup is held in the winter of 2021-22 it will seriously disrupt every top league in Europe for both that season and the one following. I have a feeling that it ain’t gonna happen. For FIFA, it may be a corrupt decision too far.

  5. A quick web search seems to show that Qatar promised air conditioned stadiums in their bid, but that it is now clear that this will not be the case – there will be no air conditioning.

    If they got the Cup based on a major promise that was not kept, or which can’t be kept, then isn’t that grounds for moving them to another country?

    Tell Qatar they’ll be considered the next time, once the air conditioned stadiums are all built.

  6. This place needs an editor.

    Phantom –

    Air con – yes, there was a promise but it’s so hot anyway that summer 2022 has been ruled out.

    Players – yes, clubs are obliged to release their players when they’re called up to play for the national team un;ess the player if provably injured.

    The clubs pay the players wages 52 weeks a year. National football associations don’t pay players for international football. If your star centre forward on 200K a week gets injured playing for his country and is out for six months that’s just tough on his club. He sits on his arse for six months picking up his big bucks. When he’s fit, he can be called up again for international football.

    I’m surprised the clubs still put up with it. The big European clubs are immensely wealthy and powerful with mega-million wage bills. Many are owned by mega-wealthy individuals, the kind of people who wouldn’t be pushed around in any other business.

  7. http://www.weather-and-climate.com/average-monthly-Rainfall-Temperature-Sunshine-fahrenheit,Ad-Dawhah,Qatar

    Average maximum temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Farenheit isn’t anything that our hotspots like Houston or New Orleans couldn’t handle.

    ( In their main stadiums, anyway )

  8. It’s way hotter than that in June and July in Qatar.

  9. Simple solution. National teams should have the backbone to say they withdraw from the 2022 World cup competition. FIFA will soon change their minds.

    PS – This place does not need an editor. It needs Pete Moore to get off his high horse 🙂

  10. This is a FIFA screwup or worse.

    If they change the rules by having the Cup at a time that interferes with professional play, then they should reimburse the pro clubs big time. If they can even afford to do that.

  11. Or make Qatar reimburse the pro clubs.

  12. Just refuse to go to Qatar !

  13. Oh trust me, the temptations of Qatar are very easy to resist

    That, and Dubai.

  14. Simple solution. National teams should have the backbone to say they withdraw from the 2022 World cup competition. FIFA will soon change their minds.

    Yes of course. England should lead the charge as they were the main victims of the corrupt stitch-up in 2011. But I doubt if it will happen. There needs to be a coup in the FIFA council to overthrow Blatter and his side-kick Platini. Nothing will change until that happens.

  15. The World Cup makes too much money for the national associations. They’d never do that.

  16. National associations get a cut of World Cup loot to support local teams / competitions ( as well I’m sure as dead weight bureaucracy? )

  17. Oh trust me, the temptations of Qatar are very easy to resist

    There has never been a convincing explanation of why TWO world cup decisions were made in 2011, for 2018 and 2022. This is unprecedented in FIFA history and has unfortunately led to totally unjust charges of corruption and stitch-up as a result of the mega stadium construction contracts at stake, since neither Russia nor Quatar had any credible football infrastructure to support their bid. It’s obvious that Fifa’s decision was made purely for football reasons, and anyone who alleges otherwise is a fool or a liar.

  18. The technical reports by FIFA said that Russia and Qatar were the least capable of hosting the competition- it was a corrupt stitch up. The Australian federation is thinking of suing FIFA to reimburse the bidding costs which they had believed would be in a fair an open competition.

    I hope the other bidders like England, Spain, USA and the Benelux countries do the same.

    They probably won’t though.

  19. If they change the rules by having the Cup at a time that interferes with professional play, then they should reimburse the pro clubs big time. If they can even afford to do that.

    They might need to reimburse the broadcasters too, especially the American ones. The US rights were bought for $1 Billion (for 2018 and 2022). I can’t imagine NBC paid hundreds of millions for a sports event that clashes with the Superbowl.

  20. How about leasing Wales to Qatar for the month. It’s always cold and wet in Wales..except for the winter when it’s even colder an even wetter. We can designate all of Wales official Qatari soil and have thenm pay off some of our national debt.
    They can impose Sharia law chop off peoples wossnames whatever don’t care.
    It’s win win. We get cash, lose a nation of sheep worriers and they get to hold their stupid sporty thing. We can even do a twofer and give them Scotland as well. Then they can have slimy Salmond. Win win!