Tuesday 23 May 2017

Camel has bolted for Blatter and Co

Eamonn Sweeney

There's a rather good scene in the 1998 comedy movie The Wedding Singer where the titular character, played by Adam Sandler, is suffering after being jilted at the altar.

The jilter herself turns up to tell our hero all the reasons why she didn't want to marry him until he finally cracks and shouts, "Once again, things that could've been brought to my attention yesterday."

That particular piece of dialogue came to mind last week as the Qatari football authorities poured cold water on the suggestion by FIFA president Sepp Blatter that the 2022 World Cup could be played in winter and the one by UEFA head honcho Michel Platini that the tournament might be shared between the Gulf States.

Who could blame them? The FIFA delegates who awarded the World Cup to Qatar rather than the USA knew about the summer temperature and the size of the country when they did so.

So it's a bit rich of Sepp and Michel to try and close the stable door after the camel has bolted.

Everyone knew the decision to award the World Cup to Qatar was stupid. But presumably FIFA thought that, with the tournament 12 years away, people would forget all about it for a while.

Instead, this resort to megaphone diplomacy has ensured that the issue remains in the headlines and severely embarrasses the wretched Herr Blatter.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke.

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