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Oz requests FIFA compensation for 2022 WC bid

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has requested FIFA for “just and fair” compensation for failed bidders of the 2022 World Cup and for disrupted domestic leagues should it move the tournament to winter.

FIFA is due to hold a meeting on October 3 to discuss the possibility of moving the World Cup from its traditional summer slot to winter, as the hot temperatures in 2022 host region Qatar would be more bearable.

Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States bid for the 2022 World Cup, with the FFA spending AU$45.6 million from the Australian government to prepare its bid.

A FFA statement asked FIFA to: “examine the scheduling implications for all leagues and a method developed for agreeing appropriate compensation for those affected. [Make] an in-principle decision that just and fair compensation should be paid to those nations that invested many millions, and national prestige, in bidding for a summer event.

“Any final decision on a winter World Cup should only be made after the investigative chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, chaired by Mr Michael Garcia, concludes its inquiries into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.”