By RYAN TOLMICH
A winter World Cup would certainly provide some inconveniences to clubs, but it is now clear that it will be their job to navigate those disturbances, not FIFA’s.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says that clubs will not be compensated for disruptions caused by the 2022 World Cup that is to be held in Qatar. Valce says that it will be on the clubs to work their way through the issue, insisting that they will have plenty of time to do so.
“There will be no compensation. I mean they have seven years to reorganize football around the world for this World Cup,” Valcke said. “It’s not perfect, we know that — but why are we talking about compensation? It’s happening once, we’re not destroying football.
“Why should we apologize to the clubs? We have had an agreement with the clubs that they are part of the beneficiaries. It was $40m in 2010 and $70m in 2014.”
Here are some more news and notes to kickoff your Wednesday morning:
CONFEDERATIONS CUP WILL NOT BE IN QATAR
The Confederations Cup is usually seen as a major test run ahead of the World Cup, but Qatar will not have the privilege of hosting one ahead of their big tournament.
Qatar will not host the 2012 Confederations Cup, as FIFA announced Wednesday that the tournament will instead take place in another Asian country.
The tournament is normally hosted one year prior to a World Cup in the tournament’s host country and pits the winners of each confederation’s tournament against the hosts and World Cup winners.
FORMER ITALY CAPTAIN CANNAVARO GIVEN 10-MONTH PRISON SENTENCE
Former defender Fabio Cannavaro is seen by many in Italy as a hero, but even that won’t keep him from feeling the wrath of the law.
Cannavaro has been issued a 10-month prison sentence for failing to follow orders to stay out of a property seized by authorities. Cannavaro has previously been under investigation for tax evasion, and the former Italy captain will appeal and will therefore have the sentence suspended until further notice.
The former defender, who played for Parma, Internazionale, Juventus and Real Madrid, captained Italy to the nation’s 2006 World Cup victory. Cannavaro is currently coaching China’s Guangzhou Evergrande.
The 2023 African Cup of Nations will move from January to June to accommodate the 2022 Winter World Cup. (REPORT)
Neymar was in an altercation with a Manchester City fan following Barca’s 2-1 win on Tuesday. (REPORT)
Real Madrid is set to open up two academies in Miami. (REPORT)
Celtic have been fined by UEFA for crowd issues stemming from their 4-3 Europa League loss to Dinamo Zagreb. (REPORT)
What do you think of the announcement that club’s won’t be paid? How will the changes effect the Confederations Cup? Disappointed by Cannavaro’s sentence?
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