FFA chief not convinced ’22 will go ahead in Qatar

Australia’s soccer chief isn’t convinced the 2022 World Cup will

go ahead as planned in Qatar.

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy said on Monday

that the ”last word hasn’t been heard yet” on the FIFA vote that

awarded the event to Qatar over bids from countries including the

United States and Australia.

Lowy did not elaborate on how or why Qatar would lose the

rights, but said it related to ”the state of the FIFA executive

committee.”

”I don’t know whether you recall when I came back from that

fateful day (after losing the bid) and I said ‘this is not the last

word about awarding the World Cup,’ ” Lowy said after he was

formally re-elected as FFA chairman on Monday. ”Well, it wasn’t

the last word.

”Don’t ask me to elaborate because I don’t have a crystal ball

… but the media all over the world is talking about that, the

awarding particularly of ’22, the state of the FIFA executive

committee – all that stuff.

”It’s not over,” Lowy was quoted to say by Australian

Associated Press. ”I don’t exactly know where it will bounce. The

only thing I know is it’s not over yet.”

Qatar’s successful bid became implicated in a broad-ranging

corruption scandal that plagued FIFA this year, with FIFA general

secretary Jerome Valcke saying in a leaked email that they ”bought

the World Cup.”

There were accusations of corruption in the bidding process and

Mohamed Bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football

Confederation and a campaigner for his native Qatar to host the

World Cup, has since been banned for life from all soccer

activities on charges of trying to bribe Caribbean voters in his

quest to unseat Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA.

Bin Hammam has denied the allegation and is appealing his ban in

the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Meanwhile, questions have been raised about the feasibility of

Qatar’s promise to air-condition stadiums to combat the searing

heat in the Middle East during the World Cup window in June and

July.