No club compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup – FIFA

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SHOWS: QATAR (FEBRUARY 25, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEROME VALCKE, FIFA SECRETARY GENERAL, SAYING: ”There will be no compensation. I mean, they have seven years to

No club compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup – FIFA

SHOWS: QATAR (FEBRUARY 25, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEROME VALCKE, FIFA SECRETARY GENERAL, SAYING:

”There will be no compensation. I mean, they have seven years to reorganise football around the world for this World Cup.”

2. PRESS

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEROME VALCKE, FIFA SECRETARY GENERAL, SAYING:

“We are talking about a reduction of the competition in terms of the number of competition days. We are talking about 28 days and not anymore 32 days. So to reduce by four days the size of the competition in 2002, which has also an impact on the organisation, but it’s also part of the concession we all are making in order to change and to find the right time to play this World Cup in 2022.”

4. SIGN READING ‘QATAR 202 LOC BOARD MEETING PRESS BRIEFING’

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEROME VALCKE, FIFA SECRETARY GENERAL, SAYING:

“If the standard for all construction sites in Qatar reaches the level of standard we have for all the specific World Cup construction site, then a big step will be in the country for these working conditions’.

STORY: FIFA flexed its muscles again on Wednesday (February 25) when it announced that clubs will not get any compensation for losing players and suffering domestic disruption due to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.

A day after a FIFA task force angered Europe’s clubs by recommending a November/December tournament, the general secretary of soccer’s governing body Jerome Valcke told reporters there would be no financial payments for any disruption to domestic leagues.

“There will be no compensation. There is seven years to reorganise football around the world for this World Cup,” said Valcke when asked if any payment would be made following the shift from the originally proposed dates of a European summer tournament.

On Tuesday European Clubs’ Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Europe’s clubs would seek financial compensation, but Valcke ruled that out following a meeting of a FIFA task force in the Qatari capital.

The proposed new dates for the event are set to be ratified by FIFA next month.

Valke also said that duration of the competition would be reduced from 32 to 28 days.

“We are talking about a reduction of the competition in terms of the number of competition days. We are talking about 28 days and not anymore 32 days. So to reduce by four days the size of the competition in 2002, which has also an impact on the organisation, but it’s also part of the concession we all are making in order to change and to find the right time to play this World Cup in 2022.”

During his visit to the Gulf state which has been repeatedly criticised for poor worker’s rights, Valcke said that World Cup projects could bring hope for improvement in this area.

“If the standard for all construction sites in Qatar reaches the level of standard we have for all the specific World Cup construction site, then a big step will be in the country for these working conditions.”

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