FIFA Won’t Compensate Clubs for Qatar’s Winter World Cup

Soccer’s global ruling body won’t compensate European clubs for rearranging the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the middle of their domestic championships, FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke said.

A committee appointed by FIFA yesterday recommended holding the tournament, which is normally in June and July, at the end of 2022 to avoid the heat of Qatar’s summer, and cutting the number of match days. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of the European Club Association, said yesterday teams should be reimbursed for the disruption.

“Why talk about compensation?” Valcke told a news conference in Doha. “It’s happening once, and we are doing nothing which destroyed football. We are just changing the format and structure of a season.”

Premier League Chief Executive Officer Richard Scudamore said yesterday a tournament finishing late in December could damage “one of the English game’s great traditions” by removing all Christmas and New Year games.

Valcke said FIFA intends to cut the tournament to 28 days from 32 days, with four first-round matches per day, and could hold the final on Dec. 23.

Qatar is open to changing the dates to suit all parties, according to Hassan Al Thawadi, CEO of the local organizing committee.

“We are ready to host anytime depending on the wishes of the global football community,” Al Thawadi said in a statement. The first World Cup in the region will “build bridges between East and West,” Al Thawadi said.

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