FIFA has officially confirmed their decision to go ahead with a winter World Cup in 2022, and the German Football League (DFL) criticized the confirmation by representing all clubs in the top divisions of German football.
FIFA’s executive committee decided that the 2022 World Cup final will be held on December 18 and the tournament will take place in the winter to avoid the summer heat in the Gulf state. UEFA had pushed for rescheduling and wanted the final to be played on December 23.
The president of DFL, Dr. Reinhard Rauball has slammed FIFA’s unwillingness to properly resolve its error of selecting Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. He is questioning UEFA’s lack of opposition to a decision that will fundamentally affect the 2022-2023 European football season.
According to him, “the rescheduling of the World Cup to December, which has now been confirmed, is a decision which has been taken at the expense of the fans and leagues in Europe,” quoted from the official Bundesliga website.
“However, in the last few weeks we have also noticed that even amongst the European authorities there has been too little readiness to fight for the necessary changes.” He also claimed that FIFA has failed to solve and change the fundamental problems about choosing Qatar as the venue for 2022 World Cup, by saying that scheduling only provides cover for the human right situation in the Gulf state.
Recently in November 2014, Garcia report looking into corruption during the awarding process of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup cleared hosts Russia and Qatar. However, there is one more fact that did not being addressed, which is the situation of guest workers in the Gulf state, which has come under scrutiny since late 2013, when the Guardian News broke the news of the death of migrant workers on the construction sites for the 2022 World Cup.
FIFA also settled their dispute with the European Club Association when it was announced that payments to clubs for the next two World Cups will almost be tripled from the 2014 World Cup. For the 2017 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar, clubs a total of $209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players for the tournament.
Rauball did not stop at criticizing FIFA, he said that “the issue of human rights and intorelable working conditions at the World Cup construction sited has been brushed completely under the carpet in the current debate about scheduling.” According to the DFL president, this thing is totally unacceptable. “World football has a permanent obligation to ask here for clear improvements,” he added.