Qatar could face compensation bill for winter switch of 2022 world cup

September 12, 2013 2:12 pm

Qatar could face compensation bill for winter switch of 2022 world cup

Doha 12th September 2013 :Qatar will face large compensation bill from sponsors and partners if 2022 World Cup is switching to winter, said John Blavo, a FA registered lawyer and founder of the London-based Blavo & Co firm,Arabian Business reported. The winter switch will also lead to disagreement from those who engaged in Winter Olympics.

Blavo said the legal action would be to do with legislative expectation of sponsors and partners who wish to advertise their brands in the summer instead of winter.

“You have lots of players who play in UEFA [Union of European Football Associations] so there is going to be possible compensation and if they do someone has to pick the tab up and it is likely to be Qatar,” he added.

The European Clubs Association (ECA) met in Geneva on Tuesday to consider the issue of allowing Qatar to switch the 2022 world cup to winter. ECA Vice- President Gandini said the winter switch is almost inevitable. He said it is impossible to play the World Cup in Qatar in the summer, where temperatures soar up to 50 degrees Celsius.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter also admitted that it may have been a mistake to award the tournament to Qatar.

Blavo said the switch to winter would also clash with the 2022 Winter Olympics, which may cause problems for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its commercial sponsors.

FIFA, the Olympics, UEFA and the football club associations would all be dealing with the same set of global sponsors and probably they will reach a commercial solution before it gets to a courtroom, he added.

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Muhammad Tahim is the Sports Editor for Qatar Chronicle.He is an alumnus of the University of Liverpool and has 8 valuable years of experience as a freelance media columnist for various magazines in Qatar. Before joining Qatar Chronicle, he was the sub- editor in a few International magazines. A die-hard football fan and ameteur tennis player, he roots for Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris St. Germain and Novak Djokovic.

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