18 Sep 2013

FIFA rebuffs Australia's bid for World Cup compensation

4:32 pm on 18 September 2013

FIFA's rebuffed Football Federation Australia's call for compensation over its failed $50 million World Cup bid, amid speculation the 2020 event will be moved to winter in Qatar.

The FFA chairman Frank Lowy claims FIFA risks making a bad situation worse if the tournament is switched to the winter months to avoid the Arab state's searing summer temperatures.

Lowy says Australia's bid was based on the tournament being played during the European summer and asked FIFA to make an in-principle decision that compensation be paid to those nations that invested milions of dollars in bidding for a summer event if the tournament is shifted to Qatar's winter.

Lowy also suggested that, if the tournament is shifted, a transparent process be established to look at its implication on scheduling for all leagues, including Australia's A-League and a method developed for agreeing appropriate compensation for those affected.

But a FIFA spokesperson has told the told The Guardian newspaper there's no chance that Australia or other losing bidders - including the United States - will be compensated if the switch is made.