EPFL and FIFA met in Zurich

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The Chairman of the Association of the European Professional Football League (EPFL) Frederic Thiriez, also Chairman of the French League and EPFL’s Deputy Chairman Frank Rutten, CEO of the Dutch League, have met on the 8th of January 2014 in Zurich with President of FIFA Sepp Blatter and Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke have reiterated that nothing new had been decided on the timing of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar although some articles published at the beginning of the month may suggest the contrary.

It has been confirmed that FIFA’s Exco decision made at its meeting of October 3, 2013 lingers.

Following this decision, a consultation process involving all stakeholders, including the EPFL, will take place to decide the most appropriate timing of the FIFA World Cup 2022 thus avoiding to make any hasty decision on this matter.

Frédéric Thiriez stated: “In my capacity as Chairman of the EPFL, I had the opportunity to meet with President Blatter this morning in Zurich in the presence of Jerome Valcke. I can easily confirm to you that FIFA’s position as to the timing of the 2022 World Cup as not changed since its Executive Committee of last October 3: a wide consultation process and no hasty decision, as the EPFL had requested”. In other words: “Nothing new under the sun”.

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