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  • Don't get too excited about the FIFA ExCo member predicting a 2022 World Cup venue change

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago

    FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger is making headlines for his prediction that the 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar. But before this is taken as a major sign that FIFA will change the host nation after four years of controversy and protest it's important to note exactly what Zwanziger said and his history of speaking out against Qatar.

     First, here are Zwanziger's latest comments. Note that he prefaces his statement by saying "I personally think." This is an important distinction from someone who is often out of sync with his cohorts. From Reuters:

    You might remember that FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke made headlines of his own back in January when he spoke out of turn and said that the 2022 World Cup would not be held in June/July because of the Qatar heat, but that was quickly shot down by other FIFA executives.

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