Qatar should host the 2022 World Cup alone without spreading
the games across neighbouring Gulf states, the president of the Asian Football
Confederation has said.
The tiny Arab state submitted its bid alone, so it was only
fair it hosted the tournament by itself, said Qatari national Mohamed bin
this point of view, I don't think any other country will have a part in the
competition," he said in comments quoted by the Canadian Press.
Gulf states will mop up economic benefits from the games even
without directly hosting them, Hammam said.
“The region will benefit from the tourists; economically I
think infrastructure needs to be built," he said. "A lot of people
are going to come to work for constructing this infrastructure.
“I actually see a huge impact, including the football by itself will be
promoted in a very [big] way.”
UEFA President Michel Platini earlier this month floated the
idea of extending the 32-team tournament across the entire region, in a “World
Cup of the Gulf.”
His comments came after FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he
expected the tournament to be moved to the winter to avoid Qatar’s stifling
The possibility of such major changes to the games has
infuriated critics of the decision to award Qatar the 2022 games, ahead of
Australian, the US and Japan.
The world’s footballers union, FIFPro, in December said the
Qatar bid had been a mistake.
“It is not sensible to award a World Cup in the summer to a country with
an average temperature of 41ºC in June and July, a midday temperature of 50ºC
and above all, extremely high humidity.”
Hammam, however, has taken a hard line against any suggested
changes to the Qatar bid.
“I’m really not very impressed by these opinions to
distribute the game over the Gulf or change the time from July to January,” Bin
Hamman said earlier this month. “It’s actually premature, you know, it’s
people’s opinions and they’re just discussing it on no basis or no ground.”
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