Asian leader wants Europe to push for winter WCup
A candidate for president of Asian soccer’s governing body wants
European leaders of the sport to urge FIFA to move the 2022 World
Cup in Qatar to cooler winter months.
Yousuf al-Serkal of the United Arab Emirates said Wednesday that
influential power brokers in Europe could lead the debate, which
has gone on since FIFA’s executive committee selected Qatar as the
venue in December 2010.
”Major clubs from Europe and also major football federations
should seek with FIFA to move this competition from the summer,”
Al-Serkal said in an interview with The Associated Press ahead of
meeting FIFA President Sepp Blatter. ”I think the decision should
be taken now.”
”It’s not only for the success of the competition,” Al-Serkal
said, ”but also for the health of the participants, and what about
Asian federations vote for the confederation president on May 2
and Al-Serkal is competing against Bahrain’s Sheik Salman bin
Ibrahim Al Khalifa and Thailand’s Worawi Makudi.
Still, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke recently suggested
medical advice could be cited to justify a move to winter.