Football - Lowy calls for FIFA transparency over Qatar

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy has called on FIFA to be transparent in its decision on adjusting the timing of the 2022 World Cup and has called for compensation to be offered to failed bidders, including Australia.

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Football - Lowy calls for FIFA transparency over Qatar

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Frank Lowy believes failed bidders should be compensated

Qatar was awarded the 2022 event in controversial circumstances in December 2010, with Australia's bid scuppered when they received just one vote at the first stage of the ballot.

FIFA has recently indicated it would seek to move the event from its traditional date of the northern hemisphere summer to the northern hemisphere winter, a date which would clash with most of the world's biggest leagues.

It was expected to vote on the change at its Executive Committee on October 3, but Lowy believes that there are too many outstanding issues surrounding the event for a decision to be made now.

He has suggested that the decision be delayed in order to properly assess the effect such a change would have on domestic football leagues around the world and to determine if compensation would be required to those leagues who had to make substantial adjustments.

Australia spent 45million AUS dollars (£26.5million) of government money on the failed 2022 bid after initially bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.

"Australia invested heavily in the World Cup process and the entire nation was behind the bid," Lowy told

"Since December 2010 Australia has been careful not to let its misgivings about the process be interpreted as sour grapes.

"But now, with increasing speculation about a change that will impact on us as one of the bidding nations, and because our competition will be affected, we have made our position public.

"If the World Cup were to be staged in the middle of our A-League season it would impact on our competition, not just for 2022, but for the seasons leading up to and beyond that date," he said.

"Clubs, investors, broadcasters, players and fans would all be affected.

"FIFA has an opportunity now to make the best of a bad situation by embarking on a transparent and orderly approach, unlike the process that led to the original flawed decision in December 2010.

"FIFA champions the notion of 'Fair Play' and that principle should apply to the decisions it makes in the coming months."

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