As the concern for Sepp Blatter's plans to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to a winter tournament grows, English Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore stated on Thursday that FIFA should run the vote again.
Scudamore said "It should be like any public tender process and if the tender isn't valid, then have a new one." He continued, "There were some really good bids from people like Australia and the United States, who spent a lot of money and have a great footballing culture and really wanted to run the World Cup."
Former West Germany international Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, now the chairman of Bayern Munich, is also opposed to the idea of moving the World Cup to a winter competition. Speaking during an interview in Manchester, England, he said, "The fact that at the last World Cup 75 percent of all participant players were contracted in Europe is a fact that can't be shifted away."
FIFA inspection team member Harold Mayne-Nicholls is one of those that believes the tournament should be switched to January and February, stating that a World Cup final could be held on the same day as the NFL's Super Bowl. "The World Cup final will be at least six or eight hours in advance of the Super Bowl, so it could be a wonderful Sunday. You have first the World Cup final and later the Super Bowl. I think it would be a big, big party." He said.
Qatar outbid Australia, the United States, Japan and South Korea three years ago to win the right to host the tournament, but many believe that it was won on the understanding that it be held in the summer. Australia is one such nation demanding compensation from FIFA because of that fact, due to the amount of money spent on the bidding process.