Bayern Munich chairman expects compensation for winter World Cup
With a FIFA task force having officially recommended that the 2022 World Cup be held in November and December, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has released a statement in which he suggests that European clubs should be compensated for the disruption of their seasons.
"For the football family the rescheduling of the 2022 FIFA World Cup presents a difficult and challenging task," Rummenigge said. "All match calendars across the world will have to accommodate such a tournament in 2022/23, which requires everyone's willingness to compromise."
"However, the European clubs and leagues cannot be expected to bear the costs for such a rescheduling. We expect the clubs to be compensated for the damage that a final decision would cause."
Rummenigge did not mention a particular type or amount of compensation he expects should FIFA act on the task force's recommendation. SI.com's Grant Wahl reported last week that a winter World Cup in Qatar is a done deal.
The statement carries some weight coming from, Rummenigge, who is also chairman of the European Club Association, an organization that represents the interests of European club soccer.
The 2022 World Cup has been mired in controversy since the surprise choice of Qatar as the host country. To be held in its traditional June-July timeframe, the 2022 tournament would take place in the Middle Eastern county's hottest months, during which the average minimum temperature hovers around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.