FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke announced on Wednesday that the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar won’t be played in the summer months. He explained that, instead, it will be played “between November 15 and January 15 the latest.”
The organization delayed its decision in October about whether it would play the tournament in winter saying it was setting up a consultation process to decide when the finals would be held. At the time, the body said it would reach a conclusion after this year’s World Cup in Brazil, notes The New York Times.
Knowing that, Valcke’s comments were a surprise, and certainly not something soccer fans wanted to hear, as evidenced by their response on Twitter. While most took aim simply at the new announcement, there was an underlying resentment as well that the World Cup was being held in Qatar in the first place.
If it wasn’t possible to host the 2022 World Cup in the summer, what was the point in picking Qatar as the hosts?
— Copa90 (@Copa90) January 8, 2014
How do we boycott the Qatar world cup? How do we get them to change it? Remember to tell your children, this is when the revolution began!
— Rumman (@rummanAMS) January 8, 2014
FIFA also announce that to further accommodate Qatar’s money, er, human rights record the 2022 World Cup will now be held in the year 1526.
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) January 8, 2014
You seriously have to question how much Qatar paid Sepp Blatter and his FIFA colleagues to make this decision.
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) January 8, 2014
2022 FIFA World Skifootball Championship in Qatar
— Dennis (@xeniCds) January 8, 2014
Qatar bid for a summer world cup,Not a winter one don’t move it #disgrace #world cup
— Jon Tedman (@JTedders92) January 8, 2014
Thankfully for FIFA, not everyone was upset with the announcement. There were a few users who were either intrigued or happy with the choice.
A World Cup in winter, how weird will that be #worldcup2022 #qatar
— Alex Schofield (@AlexScoff) January 8, 2014