Christian Seifert of the
Bundesliga has criticised plans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar describing
himself as ‘very upset’ about the move.
"If you make a decision
which is so far away from a sporting perspective, if it is so politically
driven, it is wrong. Maybe Fifa should change the claim [on its logo]: this is not
'For the good of the game,’” he said.
"I am convinced it is
hard, if not impossible, to play a World Cup in the summer in Qatar. In Germany
it was a special atmosphere, but I doubt that could work in 48 degree heat.
Summer in Qatar is not the right time.
"The priority is the
health of the players, and a decision was made here which ignores the health of
"I am not sure if legally
it can be played in the winter; the lawyers will decide in the end if it has to
go to a re-vote.
"Talking to other leagues,
I have the feeling they are very upset the decision was taken, that a four-week
tournament will affect three years of leagues. This shows me Fifa as a body
deciding what is good for the game, ignoring the day-to-day business of