Poyet slams 2022 winter World Cup: English football to ‘pay the price’ for FIFA’s mess!

first_img1 Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has slammed FIFA’s decision to stage the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter.The governing body’s taskforce announced the competition should be played during November and December, with a final conclusion on the dates to be made on March 20.But Poyet has questioned the vote to award the finals to Qatar, claiming FIFA need to take more responsibility for the decision.“[FIFA] voted for Qatar, and if they knew where Qatar was and how hot it is in June and July, maybe their vote was wrong,” said Poyet. “It’s their responsibility and we have to accept it and get on with it.“It’s very easy after people have made the decisions to vote for one country for whatever interest they had, now to complain because it’s going to be played in November or December.“You think before you vote – it is as simple as that. I think they need to be a little bit more responsible themselves.“Now we [English football] have to pay the price.”Yet, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has welcomed the news, insisting playing the tournament in Qatar’s blistering summer heat would not have worked, adding England will benefit from the altered date.“England certainly wouldn’t benefit from a World Cup in the summer in Qatar – for our fans or for our players,” said Pardew.“Qatar have won the process and we all have to understand in football that year could well be a winter World Cup. We have to deal with it and I’m sure we can.“We have to organise our winter leagues and programmes around it accordingly.“Can it be a success? Absolutely, why not? Most World Cups are a success.” Sunderland manager Gus Poyet last_img

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