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Old 14-01-2011, 10:35   #1
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Angry Blatter and the Qatar World Cup

I've just read the following story on the independant, and I'm surprised it's not been picked up more by other news outlets.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/f...a-2184072.html

I'm an unapologetic Blatter hater, but the slippery old git always seems to come out smelling of roses - this seems to be the possible start of some potential major ructions in FIFA.

Oh, and while I'm on it, I STILL cannot believe how Blatter and Platini are suggesting such major changes to the venue and dates of the world cup - what was the point of spending years on some carefully developed bid process just for them to make widespread changes as soon as we have a winner???
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Old 14-01-2011, 12:23   #2
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I've just read the following story on the independant, and I'm surprised it's not been picked up more by other news outlets.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/f...a-2184072.html

I'm an unapologetic Blatter hater, but the slippery old git always seems to come out smelling of roses - this seems to be the possible start of some potential major ructions in FIFA.

Oh, and while I'm on it, I STILL cannot believe how Blatter and Platini are suggesting such major changes to the venue and dates of the world cup - what was the point of spending years on some carefully developed bid process just for them to make widespread changes as soon as we have a winner???
We can only hope that this will lead to the end of Blatter. Intresting to note that the Mohammed Bin Hammam, the Qatari representative plans to run against Blatter in April.

How Platini, don't know if Blatter suggested it as well, could suggest that Qatar share the hosting around the Gulf. No other host nation would be asked or expected to share the hosting of the World Cup if they had won it as a single host bid.
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Old 14-01-2011, 12:28   #3
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Unfortunately Blatter is only reflecting the corruptedness (actual word) of the organisation he represents.

The entire organisation is corrupt, as is the process for selecting the WC hosts.

Still, a World Cup in January will be interesting. I can't see the big European clubs (or any clubs for that matter) being too happy about it so hopefully we'll get to see a big willy-waving fight which might bring Fifa down.
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Unfortunately Blatter is only reflecting the corruptedness (actual word) of the organisation he represents.

The entire organisation is corrupt, as is the process for selecting the WC hosts.

Still, a World Cup in January will be interesting. I can't see the big European clubs (or any clubs for that matter) being too happy about it so hopefully we'll get to see a big willy-waving fight which might bring Fifa down.
But from what the report says FIFA can't make Qatar move the World Cup to January. If FIFA don't want it played in the summer their only option is to take the hosting away from Qatar, which would leave them with even more egg on the face for Blatter and co. I'm not sure the big European clubs would support a winter World Cup even if UEFA try and push for it, if they do I'm sure they won't be doing it just for the good of the game but to see what they can get out of it.

Of course this could be nothing more than posturing on Qatar's part to raise their profile ready for the FIFA presidency elections.
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Old 14-01-2011, 12:54   #5
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A few bungs here and there and it will all be sorted.

I doubt Blatter will care anyway, he'll be long gone from FIFA by 2022.
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Old 14-01-2011, 12:58   #6
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A few bungs here and there and it will all be sorted.
I doubt it. The big powers in European club football are dead against it. And many of them have been sparring for a fight with FIFA for awhile in the club vs. country debate. This has the potential to get very messy indeed.
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Old 14-01-2011, 13:21   #7
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Quatar, such a weird choice, & now they're going to have to move the football season around. The bungs involved in getting the World Cup there must have been eyewatering!
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I doubt it. The big powers in European club football are dead against it. And many of them have been sparring for a fight with FIFA for awhile in the club vs. country debate. This has the potential to get very messy indeed.
Put some money on it and the outcome
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Old 14-01-2011, 16:50   #10
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Oh, and while I'm on it, I STILL cannot believe how Blatter and Platini are suggesting such major changes to the venue and dates of the world cup
I am not surprised that Blatter wants to change the timing of the tournament but Platini should have more sense that to go along with the idea.

I am more than happy that Qatar have refused to change it to our winter as this could finally spell a clear out of people at FIFA starting with that idiot Blatter and Platini can go as well.
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Of course this could be nothing more than posturing on Qatar's part to raise their profile ready for the FIFA presidency elections.
Given that the majority of us believe Qatar won a corrupt process I'm not sure we should believe the Qatar official when he says he wants a more "open & transparent FIFA". As you say, he's possibly played out the whole Qatar bid as a step towards actually undermining Blatter. Maybe Sepp thought by awarding Qatar the tournament, they'd end the push for the presidency. If it's a choice between the two, what if we were actually better with the devil we know!!!
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Blatter is an egotistical **** and the sooner he's out of football the better.

Read a few articles a while back about Blatter having notions on winning himself a Nobel Peace Prize

There's accusations that trying to win the prize is the reason he announced the 2 World Cups together and is why they went to Russia and Qatar.
After South Africa, the idea of bringing the tournament to 'new lands' he thinks will improve his chances

There were some weird quotes about using football to unite the countries or highlight problems they were having, had a quick Google but couldn't see them again.

The blokes a mental.
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Old 15-01-2011, 11:35   #13
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Just think of how grand the public stonings will be at these stadiums afterwards though.
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Old 15-01-2011, 11:47   #14
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He said: "It would be unfair to the players to play in summer when there is a possibility to play in winter."
How the guy can just now come out with this stuff is a joke in itself and it clearly shows they didn't actually look at the proposals, since they would have been well aware of the situation. If anyone is to blame for it being unfair to the players its FIFA, not Qatar.

It definitely shouldn't be moved to the winter, FIFA made the decision, so they can now live with it - they cant all of a sudden decide to alter the bid because its not workable, they've already agreed to it, this is supposedly what the bidding process is for!
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Old 15-01-2011, 11:56   #15
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There were some weird quotes about using football to unite the countries or highlight problems they were having, had a quick Google but couldn't see them again.

The blokes a mental.
The Observer have a said and did quote section and Blatter appears every week.

I particularly remember one about him saying the South Africa world cup would make millions for their Hotel and leisure industry. Then a week later he gave the official hotel booking rights to his son.
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Just change it to the UK & all will be back on track.
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On the football weekly podcast, they said fifa already knew the dangers of playing in the summer and that is why the asian cup is being held now in the winter.
Also blatter gave an interview saying that there was over a 50% chance of it being held in the winter and fifa have the final say.
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I think the knock on effect of holding it in the winter would be immense.

Even ignoring the massive implications it would have for the domestic leagues, from a fans POV it wouldn't be great.

For me the WC / Euros = Summertime.

Jan/Feb is a typically belt-tightening time of year so are fans going to be as willing to spend a fortune travelling?

Are fans going to be out in force in the pubs and supermarkets spending money on extra beer and food when it's freezing cold / wet etc.

The economic boom countries experience during a WC would be lost or reduced.

The whole concept of a WC in Qatar is a monumentally expensive shambles.

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Just think of how grand the public stonings will be at these stadiums afterwards though.
Thank you for this well thought out contribution to the topic, you prick!
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As has been said before unless it comes from the Qatar delegation Blatter can spout out anything he likes, I don't see it happening myself as the Qatar bid focused on these potential issues so its not like they are being made aware of something they didn't already know about.
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