The decision to give the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar was a major step into the unknown by FIFA.

It took the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time, just as the decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia took it to Eastern Europe for the first time.

Let’s be clear from the start, the bid by Qatar was based on a World Cup in June/July as normal. Any suggestion to change the date has come from FIFA and not the Qatar FA.

Qatar had planned air-conditioned stadia to counter the summer heat and make no mistake if they were required, they would have been built.

After the vote however, FIFA changed the arrangements.

An initial comment by Franz Beckenbauer that the dates should be changed was followed up by comments by the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, supporting the idea.

The possible change was then in the public domain and it will remain there while FIFA manipulate arrangements and regulations to make it happen.

There will be no problem with the Asian Football Confederation which is holding the Asian Cup in Qatar just now.

This will, however, be a crisis in the relationship between FIFA and UEFA and CONMEBOL, the European and South American confederations.

It will wreck havoc with domestic and continental competitions and many predict this is only the starting point of a long drawn out battle.

Maybe by 2022 the present UEFA President, Michel Platini will be the FIFA President and Sepp Blatter will be the Honorary FIFA President. What will happen then?

The FIFA Executive Committee went against the recommendations of its own high powered FIFA Study Group in voting for Qatar. Australia, Japan, South Korea and especially USA were other strong options for 2022.

Qatar will only work for spectators in January/February 2022.

These things should have been thought about on 2nd December 2010 when the decision was made.

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