Saturday Ticker: World Cup 2022 Might Be Played in Winter, FIFA's Anti-Racism Chief Lashes Out on Financial Punishments, and more

Saturday Ticker: World Cup 2022 Might Be Played in Winter, FIFA's Anti-Racism Chief Lashes Out on Financial Punishments, and more

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Saturday Ticker: World Cup 2022 Might Be Played in Winter, FIFA's Anti-Racism Chief Lashes Out on Financial Punishments, and more

There is a possibility of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup being played in the winter, according to FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke.

Valcke maintains that if medical evidence of the World Cup being played in Qatar’s blistering heat shows that it is dangerous to the players’ health, then the tournament could be moved to the winter.

The move has its supporters, with Michel Platini headlining the list. CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, however, is against the move. “Historically, the World Cup is always played in June,” Webb stated, “and I would definitely like the World Cup to be played in June.”

Scheduling has not been set past 2018 yet, and in order for the move to happen, Qatar has to make an official request by 2015.

Here are more stories from this Soccer Saturday:

NEW ANTI-RACISM CHIEF: FINES NOT ENOUGH TO COMBAT RACISM

FIFA has a new anti-racism chief, and he believes punishment for racist incidents need to be handled more harshly.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb was appointed head of a racism task force this week, created to help eliminate racism from soccer.

Webb believes that FIFA has been too lenient when it comes to fines, and that other means of punishment need to be established. “With the money that’s involved in football today, the fines that are being established, I don’t think they’re working, obviously.”

Webb also would like to get to the root of the problem by talking to offenders and victims alike, targeting an information gathering trip to England where he intends to speak to Luis Suarez, John Terry, Patrice Evra and Anton Ferdinand.

Point deductions and relegation punishments have been proposed, with neither coming to fruition yet.

ALAN SHEARER CALLS CHELSEA AN ‘EMBARRASSMENT’

Following Rafa Benitez’s outlash at Chelsea’s fans, Alan Shearer has added to the fire with a barrage of insults at the club.

“There is no class there, is there?,” the former striker said on Saturday’s Football Focus, “I just feel the whole club is a mess, it’s embarrassing.”

“Rafa obviously feels he’s taken enough punches and he’s decided to have a go back,” he added, “Rafa will live and die by the results and they have not been good enough.”

Despite recent quotes, it appears Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez will finish the season in charge of the defending European Champions.

RYAN GIGGS SIGNS NEW UNITED CONTRACT

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has signed a new one-year deal that will keep him in red for a 23rd season.

Giggs has made 931 appearances for Manchester United, and this new deal means the winger will play past his 40th birthday.

Ryan Giggs will have the opportunity to make his 1000th appearance for club and country on Tuesday, when Manchester United face Real Madrid in the second-leg of their Champions League tie.

QUICK KICKS

Rafael Benitez has no regrets over joining Chelsea. (REPORT)

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King believes Gareth Bale is in no rush to leave White Hart Lane. (REPORT)

André Villas-Boas says his Chelsea sacking has made him a better manager. (REPORT)

Santi Cazorla says soccer in England is less tactical than in Spain, but that makes it more fun. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Open to a winter World Cup? Is Alan Shearer off the mark? What can be done to eliminate racism from soccer?

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