Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 20th 2013 Contents DUBROVNIK---UEFA s 54 member
countries support switching the 2022
World Cup in Qatar to winter, even
though the rest of European football
is not ready to agree on anything before
consultation with Fifa.
Clubs, leagues and players unions which
join national federations in the Professional
Football Strategy Council declined yesterday
to give UEFA President Michel Platini
approval for the change, which Sepp Blatter
says the Fifa board should decide on next
On Wednesday, UEFA members told Pla-
tini they would support the winter switch,
and prefer to play in January in Qatar.
"It s not an agreement," Theo van Segge-
len, secretary general of the FIFPro group
of unions, told The Associated Press after
the strategy panel discussion. "That has to
be agreed by Fifa and we want to be involved
in the discussion."
Platini must weigh how to represent
accurately the views of European football
when he leads an eight-strong UEFA del-
egation at the 27-member Fifa executive
committee session in Zurich on October 3-
4. Van Seggelen said the summer heat in
Qatar was the most important of several
questions for FIFPro.
"We will not play in Qatar but also not
play in other (hot) places, so for us it s sim-
ple," he said. "We don t play in the heat
because it s not in compliance with our
Dutch league official Frank Rutten, one
of four European Professional Football
Leagues delegates on the UEFA panel, said
he was "satisfied with the outcome" of the
"We only say that the decision should
be made only after proper consultation,"
Wealthy European leagues and the Cham-
pions League tournament would face most
disruption in their traditional August-to-
May season from Blatter s suggested plan
to kick off in November 2022, avoiding a
clash with the Winter Olympics in Febru-
ary.The clubs, league and unions have raised
concerns about knock-on effects, including
coordinating promotion and relegation
places with lower divisions, depriving clubs
of income during a general shutdown for
the World Cup period and the health issues
of forcing hundreds of teams to play through
the hot southern European summer.
"We have also responsibility for our other
players because national team players are
only 2 percent of our members," Van Segge-
len said. "Whatever happens, (it should be)
done in a way that also the other players
are protected financially."
Amid an intensifying debate since the
December 2010 hosting vote, Qatari World
Cup organizers have never requested a
change and insist they can stage a June-
July tournament in cooled stadiums.
FIFPro delegate Bobby Barnes said there
was a "strong movement" toward wanting
Qatar to host the World Cup, but a winter
tournament was not yet inevitable.
"People are unified that a summer World
Cup is increasingly unlikely---whether that
means a change in venue or a change in
scheduling is still to be discussed," he told
Van Seggelen and Barnes are scheduled
to meet Blatter in Zurich on Monday where
they plan to also raise concerns about hot
temperatures at some 2014 World Cup
matches in Brazil.
"I don t understand, personally, that we
have nine years," Van Seggelen said about
the rush to alter preparations for the 2022
World Cup. "Let s first see what happens
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NYON---UEFA has ordered Legia
Warsaw to play in an empty stadium
after more racist incidents involving
its fans at Champions League
The punishment will apply when Legia
hosts Apollon Limassol in a Europa
League group match on October 3.
UEFA says a second match sanction
was deferred for a five-year probation-
ary period. Legia must pay a 150,000
euros ($203,000) fine.
UEFA charged the club with several
offenses, including racist behavior and
the displaying of racist banners, at home
and away matches against Molde and
Steaua Bucharest in July and August.
Legia was eliminated by Steaua and
dropped into the second-tier Europa
League. It plays at Lazio yesterday.
Part of Legia's stadium was partially
closed when it hosted Steaua as punish-
ment for previous incidents involving
UEFA punishes Legia Warsaw for fans' racism
LONDON---Five things to know about this weekend s
Premier League matches:
The delirium that greeted Jose Mourinho s return
to Chelsea after six years has not been matched by
results on the field.
"When we lose, I am the responsible (one)," Mourinho
said, reflecting on the worst start to a season in Roman
Abramovich s decade as owner.
Chelsea s first Premier League loss at Everton on
Saturday was followed Wednesday by losing the team s
Champions League opener to FC Basel 2-1. Although
there s little danger of his love affair with the fans
ending soon, there s little margin for error for Mourinho
in Saturday s west London derby against Fulham.
Six games into the season and only a single goal has
been scored by a Chelsea forward. Even then, Fernando
Torres goal only came in the far-from-meaningful
Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich.
The Spain international didn t even make the squad
for the match against Basel, while fellow forward Demba
Ba only came off the bench.
Mourinho seems to be favouring Samuel Eto o,
although the Cameroon striker hasn t found the net
in his two games since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala.
Eto o was the highest-paid player in the world at Anzhi,
and Mourinho said he was at the Russian club "not
for the right reasons and you lose hunger and appetite."
The other derby this weekend pits the top two teams
in the last two seasons on Sunday.
Defending champion Manchester United and 2012
league winner Man City have the same record as
Chelsea after four games---two wins, a loss and a draw---
although both enjoyed bright starts to the Champions
The big intrigue at United centers on striker Wayne
Rooney, who scored two in Tuesday s 4-2 win over
Bayer Leverkusen. Even after taking his United goal
tally to 200, though, Rooney couldn t bring himself
to commit his future to the club after being denied a
move in the offseason.
The pacesetters remain the team that hasn t won
the title since 1990, although Liverpool isn t starting
to plan the celebrations for a 19th English title.
The Reds host Southampton on Saturday after seeing
their perfect start end with a draw at Swansea on
NORTH LONDON RIVALS
Can Tottenham and Arsenal keep up their strong
Both have three wins out of four so far. Arsenal next
takes on Stoke on Sunday, while Tottenham heads to
Wales to play promoted Cardiff.
The bottom two, West Bromwich Albion and Sun-
derland, are the only teams yet to win. They meet on
Saturday at the Hawthorns.
winter World Cup
Brazil's former World Cup champion soccer players, from left, Marcos, Zagallo, Rivellino,
Amarildo and Bebeto pose for a photo with the Fifa World Cup trophy in front the Christ
the Redeemer statue at the opening ceremony of the Fifa WCUP Trophy Tour in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, last Thursday. The trophy is set to embark on an extensive journey,
covering over 80 countries, giving the opportunity to millions of fans to enjoy the
authentic solid-gold trophy. AP PHOTO
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