Football stars back Qatar World Cup
Juan Sebastian Veron and Gennaro Gattuso call for end to debate
Argentinian football legend Juan Sebastian Veron has called for an end to the debate over Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying international players are professionals and capable of adapting to any weather conditions.
Veron, a former international player and current president of Argentine first division club Estudiantes de La Plata, said Qatar should ignore criticism of its hosting of the tournament and focus efforts on preparing for the Cup.
“The current debate over the World Cup timing concerns fans, not the players,” he said on the sidelines of football’s Aspire Global Summit in Paris, according to Gulf Times.
“The players have enough experience to tackle all kinds of weather conditions”.
Former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso also backed the country, saying none of the criticism so far had proved to have any merit, Gulf Times reported.
However, he said it would be better to hold the event in winter to avoid Qatar’s searing summer temperatures, which can reach 50 degrees.
Questions have surrounded Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup since it won the right in 2010.
The Gulf state, which has never qualified to compete at a World Cup, has been accused of corruption during the bidding process, while there have been calls for it to be moved to winter or another country.
Changing the timing of the event would disrupt the English and European football leagues, potentially leading to legal action, and could clash with the Winter Olympic Games.
FIFA has completed an investigation into the corruption allegations and has refused to reveal the findings.