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
”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