OPINION: Qatar should hold the World Cup in the height of summer
FIFA’s decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup hosting rights has been plagued by controversy since it was announced in 2010, with many saying it would be impossible to play the competition in summer and just as many arguing against disrupting football seasons by moving the tournament to winter. Even FIFA president Sepp Blatter this week admitted that the organisation might have “made a mistake” in choosing Qatar. With the competition’s future hanging in the balance, here at The Pan-Arabia Enquirer we are calling on FIFA to ignore the naysayers and stand by their original decision, that is, to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the height of summer.
- It’ll be funny.
- Go on. Imagine a load of lobster-red England fans dressed up as crusade-era knights in the 50-degree heat.
- It’ll create an opportunity to finally shut up the tin foil hat brigade when billions of dollars of cloud seeding experiments achieve precisely nothing.
- A recent UN report revealed that sub-Saharan Africa’s most pressing current need, far above safe water supplies, irrigation or political stability, is second hand, modular football stadia.
- With England, Germany, Holland and Russia all currently topping their respective groups in the qualifying stage, it’ll be fun to see how the world’s top seeded alcoholics cope with Qatar’s ever-so-slightly draconian licensing laws.
- Qatar are going to have to cobble together a team to actually play. Let’s see which aged international players suddenly discover their Qatari passport just months before the competition starts.
- Sepp Blatter declaring the competition a rousing success as sweat cascades down his face onto his notes.