For the first time Joseph “Sepp” Blatter has admitted, in a public forum, that hosting the 2022 World in the 50 plus degree of Qatar may not be such a good idea after all. Surprisingly enough, what seemed clear to pretty much everyone else on Planet Earth when the announcement was made that Qatar won the bid to host the FIFA showpiece, only now seems to have become news to Mr Blatter and the rest of his executive committee buddies.
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with www.insideworldfootball.com, Blatter states that the matter will be discussed by the executive committee at their next meeting on 3 October 2013.
Naturally the big wigs of the major European football leagues have already started grumbling and voicing their displeasure. “The proposed schedule change has led to several calls for the vote on the 2022 World Cup hosting rights to be reopened, with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore telling Sky Sports News last month that “FIFA can’t just decide” to move it, while former FA chairman David Bernstein called it a “false prospectus” and ex-German FA president Dr Theo Zwanziger told SportBild it was a “blatant mistake”.”
When asked if the FIFA executive committee had been made aware (at the time of awarding the bid) that hosting the tournament in the Gulf state in the middle of summer might not be a good idea, Blatter stated that:
…..that may well be so, and it may well be that we made a mistake at the time
Really Sepp?! Thanks for clearing that one up Captain Obvious!
In typical fashion, Blatter doesn’t stop there and decided to stand up for the little guys who are being dictated to by the bad bad Europeans
On the other hand, you must also consider political and geo-political realities. The World Cup is FIFA’s biggest if not only global event. Who are we, the Europeans, to demand that this event has to cater to the needs of 800 million Europeans above all, when there are over 7 billion people who populate this planet and of who 6.2 billion are not European, but who must at all times succumb to our diktat?
I think it is high time that Europe starts to understand that we do not rule the world anymore, and that some former European imperial powers can no longer impress their will on to others in far away places, and we must accept that football has moved away from being a European and South American sport: it has become the World Sport that billions of fans are excitedly following every week, everywhere in the world
There you have it kids. Sepp Blatter cares about the rest of the planet. Isn’t he lovely?