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2022 FIFA World Cup

Statement from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

"Today's recommendation of the Task Force regarding the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar [not to stage the finals in the summer of 2022] does not come as a surprise; it was rather expected.

For the football family the rescheduling of the 2022 FIFA World Cup presents a difficult and challenging task. All match calendars across the world will have to accommodate such a tournament in 2022/23, which requires everyone's willingness to compromise.

However, the European clubs and leagues cannot be expected to bear the costs for such a rescheduling. We expect the clubs to be compensated for the damage that a final decision would cause."

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, European Club Association chairman