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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fifa bidding rules were not created to conceive size of Qatar World Cup 2022 bid says executive member

Fifa’s World Cup bidding rules were not designed to cope with the huge resources of Qatar’s government-backed campaign to host the 2022 tournament, according to one of the men who helped make the final decision.

Fifa bidding rules not suited to Qatar's government-backed World Cup 2022 bid says Chuck Glazer
Heat is on: Fifa is under pressure to hold the Qatar 2022 World Cup under sweltering summer skies despite Sepp Blatter's wish to stage the tournament in winter  Photo: EPA
American Chuck Blazer is the first member of the Fifa executive committee to comment on the bidding process since details of Qatar’s lavish campaign spending were revealed by Telegraph Sport.
This included that Qatar considered spending more in a single year on communications alone than their rivals’ entire two-year campaign budgets.
Blazer, who backed the US bid for 2022, said the rules governing the process did not contemplate such well-resourced campaigns, and needed tightening to take more account of technical aspects. Fifa’s inspectors rated Qatar a “high risk”.
He also said that executive committee members including Uefa president Michel Platini discussed switching the tournament to the winter if Qatar won, an admission that will fuel concern about the legitimacy of the Fifa vote.
There is growing concern in European leagues at the disruption a move to winter would cause.