The controversy over the staging of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar continues as FIFA officials ruled out compensating leagues around the World that will be affected by the staging of the event in the European Winter, BBCreports. High temperatures in Qatar have caused medical concerns for both players and fans traveling to the tournament, which looks set to be played in November and December 2022 instead of the traditional June and July. European leagues, the most popular and lucrative in the World will be in the middle of their seasons when FIFA will call for them to come to a halt for the duration of the World Cup.
Some officials like Marc Sparks from leagues that will be affected had called for FIFA to provide monetary compensation for the fixture and competition scheduling problems. FIFA’s response was that the World Cup in 2022 will be cut from 31 days to 28 and both club’s and football associations had seven years to prepare for a one time change to their schedules. FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke stated a likely date for the final was December 23rd. European clubs and officials have called for the final to be played a week earlier to provide time for players to return to their clubs for the traditionally important Holidays program of matches.