[V]ital health and practicality issues relating to the 2022 summer event in Qatar will not go away.From FIFA's perspective, perhaps the debate over scheduling will distract from other issues, like the internal politics of football governance.
Last weekend, Michel Platini, who played in major soccer tournaments and now organizes them, stirred the pot. “I am in favor of Qatar under two conditions,” he said. “Because of the heat, the World Cup will need to be held in the winter. With over 40 degrees, playing football is impossible, and for the fans it would be unbearable,” he said, referring to temperatures that reach upward of 104 Fahrenheit. Platini also said: “The neighboring countries must be included so that the World Cup is staged throughout the entire region.”
Breathtaking. One of the finest players of his time, now Europe’s leading soccer administrator and a vice president of FIFA, Platini gave his vote to Qatar when the bidding was concluded in December 2010.
Yet today, he has doubts and conditions.
In other news, the CAS has upheld a rules change in the African football confederation that prevented a challenge to the leadership of long-time incumbent Issa Hayatou:
Never mind that, did you hear about the Qatar 2022 schedule debate?
The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Anouma's appeal against the Confederation of African Football, which refused to accept his election bid after he was made ineligible by rules changes engineered by Hayatou.
Hayatou, a FIFA vice-president from Cameroon, will be the only candidate to extend his 26-year CAF reign at its congress this weekend in Marrakech, Morocco.
A new vision in African football is now needed "more than ever," Anouma said in statement published on his personal website.
"Despite our immense disappointment, our determination to bring about real change in the management of African football remains intact," the Ivory Coast official said.
The Cairo-based confederation published a CAS statement announcing the verdict on its website without further comment.
Hayatou steered through new election rules last September which allowed only "current or former members" of the CAF executive committee to challenge him.
Anouma was barred because his FIFA position gives him only non-voting board membership.
"The CAS has confirmed that the CAF executive committee had jurisdiction to refuse the candidature of Jacques Anouma," the court said in a statement.