By RYAN TOLMICH
One of Europe’s top federations has finally stepped up to challenge the idea of a winter World Cup.
The Spanish League (LFP) has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport that challenges FIFA’s decision to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November-December. With the appeal, the LFP becomes the first league to actively oppose the idea of a winter World Cup, although a hearing date has yet to be set.
If FIFA was to go through with the proposed dates, which were approved by the Executive Committee back in March, domestic leagues in Europe and other parts of the world would shut down for eight weeks while being forced to implement more summer fixtures.
FIFA rejected a proposal from European clubs and leagues to play the tournament in May-June.
Here are some more news and notes to kick off your Monday morning:
JARA SUSPENDED FOR REMAINDER OF COPA AMERICA; GOADED CAVANI ABOUT FATHER
Gonzalo Jara’s Copa America has come to a conclusion as details have come to light regarding his incident with Edinson Cavani.
The Chile defender has been handed a three-game suspension by South America’s governing body, ruling Jara out for the rest of the tournament. Jara’s suspension stems from an incident that saw the Chile defender push his finger into Cavani’s backside before feigning injury when the Uruguay star placed his hand on the Chilean’s face.
Jara, who was previously involved in an incident in 2013 that saw Luis Suarez provoked into a red card, has been accused of making comments regarding Cavani’s father, who was arrested last week after being involved in a fatal car crash.
“Not only did Jara touch Cavani as we saw in the pictures, but he also said something about what had happened the previous day,” said Uruguay assistant Mario Rebollo . “He said that Cavani’s father was going to get 20 years [in prison].”
Jara’s Chile returns to action Monday in a semifinal matchup with underdog Peru.
BRAZIL’S DUNGA DEFENDS COPA AMERICA LOSS BY DOWNPLAYING TOURNAMENT
For decades, Brazil has been one of the most successful countries in the world when it comes to winning tournaments.
But head coach Dunga is downplaying the Selecao’s elimination at the Copa America.
In the aftermath of another early elimination, Dunga said that the South American tournament used to be considered”worthless” and added that the only competition that the country really cares for is the World Cup.
The Selecao were eliminated in the quarterfinals on Saturday in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw with underdog Paraguay.
“Brazil went 40 years without the Copa America [1949 to 1989] and we continued winning elsewhere,” Dunga said. “Then we started to win the Copa America [five titles since 1989] and we were told it was worthless, that what really matters is the World Cup.
“When we played in the Confederations Cup and won that, we were also told it was worthless. Now the press has decided the Copa America is worth something. Football is just like this.”
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What do you expect from the Spanish federation’s decision to challenge FIFA? Is Jara’s punishment fitting? Does Dunga’s statement have any legitimacy?
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