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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Sep 18, 2013

FIFA reject FFA calls for compensation

FIFA have dismissed Football Federation Australia's attempts to claim compensation for their unsuccessful 2022 World Cup bid, insisting Australian representatives were aware that the timing of the tournament was subject to change.

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FIFA have no plans to compensate the Australian federation.

Australia made a public backlash to FIFA's suggestions that the 2022 tournament in Qatar could be changed to the winter, with FFA chairman Frank Lowy requesting to receive dispensation for what he describes as a flawed bidding process.

But world football's governing body do not plan to admit fault and claim none of the other bidding nations were misled.

"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," a FIFA spokesperson said on Tuesday. "There is no ground for any speculations (of compensation)."

Members of FIFA's Executive Committee will meet on October 3 to discuss the prospect of moving the World Cup from summer to winter.

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