Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blatter Comes To His Senses

On Feb. 7 FIFA President Sepp Blatter told the BBC (in an interview) the World Cup would be held (most likely...) in its traditional summer time slot.
“Everything is settled now for summer and with all 64 matches in the territory of Qatar,” he said.
More interestingly, Blatter said changes in regards to the tournament could only come from the bidding nation's committee.
"In the bidding documents it was clearly established that the executive committee reserved the right to change anything in the bidding process, but here in this case it must come from Qatar,” Blatter added.
I am wondering whether Blatter is referring to the time the tournament's played, the stadium information, or the host nation itself? Ultimately, Qatar can withdraw from hosting the World Cup. Opening ceremony and kickoff won't be for another 11 years, so they have time to work it all out.
Here's a look back at the moment when Qatar received the good news:

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