18 Sep 2013

Australia wants compensation if Qatar World Cup is shifted

5:29 am on 18 September 2013

Football Federation Australia has requested FIFA provide compensation for the $49 million spent on Australia's failed World Cup bid, should it move the event to Qatar's winter.

FFA chairman Frank Lowy says FIFA risked making a bad situation worse if the showpiece was switched to the winter months to avoid the Arab state's searing summer temperatures.

Australia's bid was based on the tournament being played during the European summer, as per tradition, to avoid clashing with various club competitions including the A-League.

FFA has asked FIFA to make an in-principle decision that "just and fair compensation should be paid to those nations that invested many millions, and national prestige, in bidding for a summer event if the tournament is shifted to Qatar's winter."