Sports Desk Comment: Qatar plans should be kicked out

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There is an old phrase that says that if something isn’t broken, you don’t have to fix it.

And yet the world’s governing body of football FIFA have hauled out their tools of mass destruction, all of which are pointed straight at the World Cup.

Having already dragged their name through the mud by allowing Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, amid cries of vote-buying, FIFA are now poised to switch this controversially-based competition to the middle of winter, just so it can go ahead.

Traditionally, since its formation in 1930, the World Cup has been a summer competition, so as not to affect the domestic league structure in the majority of countries.

Yet all this has been blown out of the window by Sepp Blatter and his minions, who just seem to be on a mission to top each crazy decision they make.

This week key football officials met in Doha to discuss a number of options following fears a summer event would endanger the health of players and fans.

Summer temperatures in Qatar can soar to 40C, while those in November and December drop to around 25C.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that if it is too hot, just don’t play it there.

You don’t find the ICC opting to play a cricket World Cup in Iceland or Mongolia, though they possibly don’t have the monetary resources of Qatar.

The Qatari national side are currently ranked 109th in the world. They are certainly no Brazil, Germany or even Iceland.

In fact they have yet to qualify for a World Cup, so why on earth have they been granted a tournament in the first place?

So what will this mean to domestic football? A month’s break will have to be introduced just a few of weeks into the season.

Also, is there a chance we could be watching the World Cup final while we are preparing our Christmas turkey?

FIFA have left themselves dealing with the best of bad options, just because of an initially ridiculous decision.

So, saying that, would it be such a ridiculous decision for the members to stand up and say no?

During World War Two many countries voted with their feet and the tournament was abandoned.

It might give FIFA that much-needed kick in the backside if the same happened nigh on a century later.