Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

No Qatar re-vote says FIFA official D'Hooghe  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab Times - 15/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab Times) Ndon april 1 (afp): michel d'hooghe fifa's medical officer has insisted there will be no re-vote on the controversial decision to award qatar the 2022 world cup finals. 'there will be absolutely no re-vote' d'hooghe told the london evening standard on tuesday a day after japan said it was ready to step in if fifa stripped qatar of staging the 2022 world cup. 'some in the english press want that (a re-vote). but it's not the english press that decide.' d'hooghe was one of the fifa executive committee members who in 2010 awarded the 2018 world cup to russia and the 2022 edition to qatar. both decisions caused uproar and led to widespread allegations regarding the bidding process which are now being investigated by fifa ethics chief michael garcia.

the move to give the world cup to qatar a country with little football history provoked widespread condemnation particularly over health concerns for leading players forced to play in the desert nation's stifling summer heat. such was the backlash football chiefs are now considering moving the tournament to the european winter for the first time. there was a particularly bitter reaction to the whole process in england the birthplace of modern-day football after the country's bid to stage the 2018 finals garnered a mere two votes and was eliminated in the first ballot.

but belgium's d'hooghe asked if corruption had played a part in either vote told the standard: 'absolutely not. i had no feeling anything was going on then and i still have no feeling that there was corruption during this vote.' d'hooghe who led the unsuccessful joint belgium/holland bid for 2018 added that many within fifa felt continued british criticism of the bid process was 'partly sour grapes' over the rejection of england's 2018 offer and that no matter how much football's world governing body reformed its structure it would never satisfy some of its harshest critics.

'but for the british press whatever we do is never enough. and the feeling in fifa is that all this british criticism is partly sour grapes. 'in football you win and you lose. if england feel they have not had a world cup since 1966 then belgium has never had the world cup. england must not complain. they just had the olympics and organised it fantastically.' meanwhile d'hooghe remained adamant the 2022 world cup cannot be played in the heat of a qatari summer a point the technical inspectors who examined the original bid had long flagged up as a potential problem. 'in my capacity as chairman of the medical committee i said the same ? that in qatar we have to avoid the warmest period of the year. 'that essentially means june july and august. i have never changed my opinion from the very beginning.'

d'hooghe added he'd met with garcia an american lawyer and said he should proceed with his investigations despite the misgivings of some fifa members. 'it was only after the (executive committee) meeting that i heard that some people were not prepared to accept garcia' he said. 'it is very clear. we the executive committee had proposed to congress to establish an ethical committee and i would not consider taking that responsibility away from mr garcia. 'this guy takes his work very seriously. i am very impressed with him and really support him.' 'mr garcia plans to interview all the fifa executive committee who participated in the vote and are still on the executive. 'i had a very good talk with him and a chance to tell him what i knew of the elections. i had of course nothing to hide.'

 


 


Arab Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Dec 22 2014 - Oil markets face uncertain future as OPEC targets competitorsAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) The determination of powerful Gulf OPEC members to stifle competition from new oil producers has left the global energy market reeling and sparked unprecedented uncertainty, officials ...

 Dec 22 2014 - MoI discusses setting up national strategic plan to fight drugsEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  The Ministry of Interior, MoI, has discussed ways to establish the first national strategic plan to combat drugs. The discussion took place during a specialised ...

 Dec 22 2014 - GCC Secretary-General hails initiative of Saudi King on Qatar, Egypt reconciliationEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, GCC Secretary-General, expressed satisfaction with the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah ...

 Dec 22 2014 - Etihad Airways goes double daily to MelbourneEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Etihad Airways today announced plans for a second daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne from 1st August 2015.The additional flight will be ...

 Dec 22 2014 - Dubai Municipality launches recycling initiative at Safa ParkEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Dubai Municipality has launched an initiative to encourage Safa Park visitors to exchange their recyclables, such as plastic and cans, in exchange for Union ...

 Dec 22 2014 - Ducab Aluminium begins construction of new facility in KizadEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ADPC, has announced that Ducab Aluminium Company has broken ground for its new aluminium rod and conductor facility at Kizad.After ...

 Dec 22 2014 - Kuwaiti Emiri Diwan mourns death of Sheikha Sabah Al-Nasser Al-SabahEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  The Kuwaiti Emiri Diwan today mourned the death of Sheikha Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah, spouse of His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.According ...

 Dec 22 2014 - OPEC daily basket price Friday 19th DecemberEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  The price of OPEC's basket of twelve crudes stood at US$55.52 a barrel on Friday, compared with $56.30 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat ...

 Dec 22 2014 - World Islamic Travel Summit to debut in Abu DhabiEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  The World Islamic Travel Summit, WITS15, the largest showcase of Halal travel and tourism solutions, is to debut in Abu Dhabi next October.The pioneering ...

 Dec 22 2014 - DEWA sponsors first Emirati student to Lima Climate Change Conference in PeruEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Bader Al Hammadi, an Emirati student and Carbon Ambassadors Programme member, has participated in the United Nations COP20 Climate Change conference in Lima, ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help