By Staff writer
Governing body is reportedly planning to treble cash pool to be distributed to clubs for releasing players for 2022 World Cup
FIFA is reportedly considering trebling the cash pool that will be distributed to clubs for releasing players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to £135 million ($209 million).
The move is an attempt to ease opposition to the plan to hold the 2022 tournament during November and December which will cause disruption to many of Europe's top football leagues, The Times reported.
The UK paper said clubs shared a total of $70 million in FIFA payments for releasing 736 players for the finals in Brazil last summer.
Jérôme Valcke, the FIFA secretary-general, said on Wednesday that no compensation would be paid to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play the tournament in winter but The Times said it understands that talks have taken place between FIFA and the European Club Association (ECA) about agreeing an alternative means of compensation.
A FIFA spokesperson told The Times that it was in talks about the cash pool for clubs for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and hoped to reach an agreement soon.
The paper said a total of 396 clubs — of which 240 were registered with a European national association — from 57 countries received Fifa payments from the Brazil tournament.
Soccer World Cups have always been staged over May, June and July since the first in Uruguay in 1930.
The latest a final has been contested was July 30 - in Uruguay in 1930 and England in 1966. The earliest final was played out on June 10 in 1934.
June and July are not viable for Qatar, where temperatures routinely exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
ridiculous! release payments won't begin to cover it. The expected legal challenges due to undue changing bid rules a posteriori (time of year for the competition was set for summer time to all bidders) will cost a lot more + the actual business losses of Premier League, La Ligua, Bundesliga etc will dwarf the usual release payments. I would say well more than a $1B - and Qatar is the likely one to have to stump up for the privilege of changed dates.
I DO hope that the individual national leagues of the REAL soccer nations will refuse to participate. Blatter needs to be replaced as soon as possible - too old now for this job!
All of this sort of suggests that really the World Cup should have been held somewhere other than Qatar, doesn't it? For the first time ever, they're having to change it from a summer to a winter competition, now they're having to invest millions in compensation....
Why didn't they just choose to hold the World Cup somewhere that can reasonably hold such an event in summer, or better yet, if the timing is supposedly flexible, why didn't they then make this clear at the bidding stage? I'm sure there are plenty of countries better suited than Qatar to hold a winter World Cup - Australia comes to mind immediately.