Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Australia requests compensation from FIFA over failed World Cup bid
Australian soccer governing body demanded compensation should FIFA move the 2022 World Cup to hosts Qatar's winter, local media reported on Wednesday.Chairman of Football Federation Australia (FFA) Frank Lowy said on Tuesday that FFA has asked FIFA to make an in-principle decision that just and fair compensation should be paid to those nations and regions that invested many millions,and national prestige, in bidding for a summer event, if the tournament is shifted to Qatar's Hydraulic attachment supplierswinter.Australia spent about 43 million AU dollars (about 40 million U.S. dollars) on the failed World Cup bid.Lowy said that FIFA should not rush to a decision about moving the 2022 World Cup from a northern hemisphere summer to winter at its October 3 Executive Committee meeting.He said there was a real risk of making a bad situation worse if FIFA did not take time to consult its Member Associations and consider the many implications that would flow from such a decision.FFA has also Paper roll clamp supplierssuggested that, if FIFA shifts the tournament to Qatar's winter, "a transparent process should be established to examine the scheduling implications for all leagues and a method developed for agreeing appropriate compensation for those affected."Lowy said he had explained Australia's position in a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter in July."Australia invested heavily in the World Cup process and the entire nation was behind the bid," he said."Since December 2010 Australia has been careful not to let its misgivings about the process be interpreted as sour grapes. But now, with increasing speculation about a change that will impact on us as one of the bidding nations, and because our competition will be affected, we have made our position public."Lowy said he explained to FIFA that the A-League was now finally gaining a foothold in the sporting landscape of stralia."Our season takes place during the Australian summer to avoid a clash with other local football codes, a move that was necessary because the A-League simply could not get access to the high standard stadiums required as they were being used by other China Paper roll clampcodes during the Australian winter," he said."If the World Cup were to be staged in the middle of our A-League season it would impact on our competition, not just for 2022, but for the seasons leading up to and beyond that date."Clubs, investors, broadcasters, players and fans would all be affected."FIFA has an opportunity now to make the best of a bad situation by embarking on a transparent and orderly approach, unlike the process that led to the original flawed decision in December 2010."