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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 17, 2013

Australia won't be compensated: FIFA

FIFA has rebuffed Football Federation Australia's call for compensation over its failed $43 million World Cup bid, amid speculation the 2022 event will be moved to winter in Qatar.

FFA chairman Frank Lowy on Monday claimed 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.

Lowy said Australia's bid was based on the tournament being played during the European summer and 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."

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 spokeswoman has told The Guardian there is no chance that Australia or other losing bidders - including the United States - will be compensated if the switch is made.

"As part of the bidding documents all bidders, including the FA Australia, accepted that the format and dates of the staging of the FIFA World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup, though initially expected to be in June/July, remains subject to the final decision of the FIFA Organising Committee," she was quoted as saying.

"There is no ground for any speculations."

Last week in Argentina, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said "no, no, no" when asked whether there was any prospect of compensation for the losing bidders or professional leagues, broadcasters and sponsors affected by the move.

Lowy has urged FIFA not to rush a decision on shifting seasons for the 2022 World Cup at their executive committee meeting on October 3.

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