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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Sep 17, 2013

FFA request compensation for failed bid

Football Federation Australia have asked FIFA to provide "just and fair compensation" for Australia's unsuccessful 2022 World Cup bid, according to reports.

FFA chairman Frank Lowy has taken aim at FIFA.
FFA chairman Frank Lowy believes Australia have been hard done by.

With speculation rife that the 2022 tournament in Qatar could be changed to the winter to avoid playing in the stifling Middle Eastern heat, FFA chairman Frank Lowy is taking on world football's governing body, requesting the costs of Australia's bidding process be covered.

A total of $43 million (£25 million) was spent, but there are suggestions Australia was misled.

According to News Limited, the FFA said in a statement that FIFA should 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".

In a further statement, Lowy urged FIFA not to rush a decision about moving the 2022 World Cup, making a number of recommendations ahead of the October 3 Executive Committee meeting.

"Australia invested heavily in the World Cup process and the entire nation was behind the bid," he said. "Since December 2010 Australia has been careful not to let its misgivings about the process be interpreted as sour grapes.

"But now, with increasing speculation about a change that will impact on us as one of the bidding nations, and because our competition will be affected, we have made our position public.

"Our season takes place during the Australian summer (northern hemisphere winter) to avoid a clash with other local football codes, a move that was necessary because the A-League simply could not get access to the high standard stadiums required as they were being used by other codes during the Australian winter.

"If the World Cup were to be staged in the middle of our A-League season it would impact on our competition, not just for 2022, but for the seasons leading up to and beyond that date. Clubs, investors, broadcasters, players and fans would all be affected.

"FIFA has an opportunity now to make the best of a bad situation by embarking on a transparent and orderly approach, unlike the process that led to the original flawed decision in December 2010. FIFA champions the notion of 'Fair Play' and that principle should apply to the decisions it makes in the coming months."

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