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6 days ago

European Club Association 'wants 2022 World Cup in May'

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gives his views on the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and suggests that Michael Garcia's report could determine the fate of their world cup bid.

Top European football clubs are set to lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place in May, according to reports.

The European Club Association, an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 214 teams from the continent, is a powerful voice in the ongoing negotiations around when the tournament will be scheduled.

And the group, which counts 10 English clubs among its number, is reported to favour May -- a stance it will be able to present to the sport's world governing body FIFA at...

 By PA Sport
Oct 9, 2014

Mark Schwarzer: Players will die before FIFA switch Qatar 2022 World Cup

AC Milan Director and Vice-President of the European Club Association Umberto Gandini believes a winter World Cup should only be explored as a final solution.

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes it will take "two or three people to drop dead" before FIFA realises Qatar is unsuitable to host the 2022 World Cup.

Earlier this week, the European Club Association proposed the tournament be played in January and February to avoid the sweltering summer temperatures, which often exceed 40 degrees Celsius.

Qatar was awarded football's premier international competition in December 2010 but the decision has been marred by controversy surrounding corruption...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Oct 8, 2014

ECA: Winter Olympics may have to move for 2022 World Cup

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses Sepp Blatter's decision to have the 2022 World Cup in winter.

The 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move from its traditional January and February dates should the World Cup finals being staged in Qatar face a season change, leading European Clubs Association executive Umberto Gandini told Reuters on Wednesday.

ECA vice-chairman Gandini, who also works as director of sport at AC Milan, said during the Leaders In Sport summit at Stamford Bridge that the World Cup should take precedence over Winter Games.

"Not to be controversial, but the World Cup is one of the...

Oct 7, 2014

Franz Beckenbauer wants FIFA World Cup bids probe published

German legend Franz Beckenbauer has added his voice to the chorus calling for greater transparency from FIFA.

LONDON -- Franz Beckenbauer called for the corruption report on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host contests to be published, and said on Tuesday that he took no bribes before voting.

- Beckenbauer says he is on good terms with Blatter
- Garcia blasts secrecy in corruption probe
- FIFA delays ruling on 2018, 2022 probe
- Blatter praises FIFA ethics

The former Germany great left FIFA's executive committee months after the vote in December 2010 gave Russia the 2018 event and Qatar the 2022 tournament.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Oct 1, 2014

Former FIFA advisers charge blatant sexism in governing body's leadership

FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia wants more details published about football corruption cases.

Three former members of FIFA's Independent Governance Committee (IGC) cite blatant sexism within the organisation as another reason the sport's governing body will never publicise its investigative report into alleged World Cup corruption, according to a report.

- Elite female players to sue FIFA in turf war
- Fagan: FIFA needs female leadership
- Garcia blasts secrecy in corruption probe
- FIFA delays ruling on 2018, 2022 probe
- Blatter praises FIFA ethics
- Carlisle: Smoke but no fire over Qatar