Qatar World Cup final on December 18

first_img0Shares0000ZURICH, March 20- Football’s governing body FIFA on Thursday approved holding the final of the controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar on December 18 at the end of the first tournament held in the northern winter, a top official said.It also awarded the 2019 women’s World Cup to France which defeated South Korea in a vote by the FIFA executive committee. The decision on the date of the 2022 final ended a long-running and acrimonious debate about the timing. A change to a winter World Cup was forced on FIFA by the scorching temperatures in Qatar in June-July.European clubs have complained about the disruption to their cash-rich domestic championships, however.And even the dates for the November-December tournament were not unanimous.England and other countries opposed this because of the clash with traditional games played over the Christmas and New Year period.UEFA, Europe’s governing body had initially preferred December 23 for the final, but have since changed their minds. European federations are still worried about dates for international matches scheduled at that time, however.The compromise will probably see the tournament reduced to 28 days instead of the 32 for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.FIFA’s communications chief Walter de Gregorio said that deciding the date of the final was “an important step. Finally we know and we can move forward”.– An end to uncertainty –“The final will be on December 18. It is a Sunday and it is also the national day of Qatar, so it fits perfectly,” de Gregorio told reporters.“In principle we try to play in 28 days. The next step will be to have different talks, especially (on) the international calendar,” the official added.The date of the start of the tournament will probably not be decided until the end of the year, FIFA sources said.Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, said the proposed date could push European leagues to play more matches in summer.“It is a good decision for players,” Le Graet told reporters. “I have always been a supporter of playing less in winter and more in summer.”European clubs are expected to press for some kind of compensation for halting their national league and Champions League games for at least five weeks.Blatter has previously said that compensation was not needed. But he has since held talks with the head of the European Club Association, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of German giants Bayern Munich.FIFA paid $70 million to clubs who had players at the 2014 World Cup and this scheme could be enlarged for 2022.UEFA is already promising 150 million euros ($170 million) for clubs whose players are on duty at the 2016 European Championships in France.France will also hold the 2019 women’s World Cup, which is fast growing in popularity around the globe, and the women’s under 20 World Cup in 2018.Blatter said that France and South Korea had both been strong candidates for the World Cup but the final vote was made by the executive committee “with confidence”.Blatter hailed France’s attempts to develop the women’s game.France’s national team are ranked third in the world and Lyon have been European club champions twice in the past four years.“It is magnificent news for French women’s football,” said Lyon player Camille Abily.This year’s women’s World Cup will be held in Canada and huge crowds are expected for the tournament spread across six cities from June 6 to July 5.France has already decided it will stage the World Cup in nine cities.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

UCLA defensive line banged up, in flux

first_imgTom Blake was playing with the first-team defense at end Wednesday, and defensive end Reginald Stokes could make the travel roster. Jeff Miller, who is listed as fourth-string defensive end, was working with the tackles. Chase Moline, Kevin Brown, Ward and Jerzy Siewierski all will see time at tackle. The changes at defensive line might be scarier if Utah was still running a spread offense, but with quarterback Brian Johnson injured, Walker doesn’t expect to see as much spread offense with Tommy Grady under center. Practice follies UCLA’s Rodney Van and Korey Bosworth collided in special teams practice, Van suffering a stinger in the shoulder and Bosworth hurting his knee. Neither injury is believed to be serious. Bosworth did return to practice for precautionary reasons. … Wide receiver Brandon Breazell practiced again with a no-hit red jersey. Breazell suffered a concussion when he was accidentally hit by teammate Logan Paulsen while the two were trying to make a tackle after an interception in the BYU game. Around the nation Oklahoma: The school has filed its appeal requesting the NCAA overturn an infractions committee ruling that would strip the Sooners of eight wins because of rules violations involving former starting quarterback Rhett Bomar. The university notified the NCAA in July that it intended to appeal the ruling that would take away the Sooners’ wins from an 8-4 season in 2005 that concluded with a victory against Oregon in the Holiday Bowl. Oklahoma is also appealing a “failure to monitor” violation based on findings that the school failed to track athletes’ employment at a Norman car dealership. Oklahoma has said it would accept penalties including two additional years of probation and reductions in scholarships and recruiting time, but the university believes it’s excessive to take away the wins. Clemson: Reserve running back Ray Ray McElrathbey had successful surgery to repair a torn knee ligament. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m excited and really focused on what I have to do,” Ward said. “I’ve been in the program three years, so I want to make the best of this opportunity.” Ward’s UCLA career took a few steps back last year when he and teammate John Hale were suspended for the season opener for their role in an altercation at a party. There were no charges filed in the incident. “I just kept my head down and worked hard on and off the field,” Ward said. “I stayed out of trouble, and I’m doing the right things in order to get on the field.” Ward might not be the only defensive lineman to get an opportunity this weekend. Defensive end Nikola Dragovic – who sustained a concussion against BYU – wasn’t at practice, and Coach Karl Dorrell said Dragovic had a headache when he woke up, one day after feeling fine. Dragovic was at Tuesday’s practice but didn’t participate. He would need to practice today, at the very least, in order to play in Saturday’s game at Utah. He’s listed as doubtful, said defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. By Jill Painter STAFF WRITER It’s been a long road back for UCLA defensive tackle Jess Ward. Ward, who’s been working with the first-team defense, said he will start at defensive tackle at Utah on Saturday. Ward replaces Brigham Harwell, who suffered a torn ligament in his left knee against BYU. last_img read more