October 23, 2014
SYDNEY (AP) - Australia's leading soccer official has cautioned FIFA against compounding the "flawed" choice for the 2022 World Cup host by rushing decisions about shifting the tournament's dates to avoid Qatar's summer heat.
Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy issued a statement Tuesday urging the sport's global governing body to wait until after an investigation into the World Cup bid process before making any decisions about shifting the event to the northern winter.
If the World Cup is rescheduled, the FFA wants compensation for the domestic leagues that are affected and for the countries that spent millions of dollars on unsuccessful bids based on the northern summer time frame.
Australia was one of the bids that lost out to Qatar in a process that has come under criticism.