(WFI) World Football INSIDER rounds up the latest football business news.
Pele OK with Qatar Summer World Cup
Brazilian football legend Pele has contradicted FIFA president Sepp Blatter by saying there would be “no problem” playing the Qatar World Cup in the Gulf state’s sizzling desert heat. “Of course you can play, no problem,” he said in response to a question asked at a press conference in New York on Wednesday. Blatter recently changed his view on staging the 2022 tournament in the summer amid concerns over the health and safety of players and spectators. The FIFA ExCo looks set to decide on the switch to the winter months at a meeting in October.
FIFA medical committee chief Michel D’Hooghe told Bloomberg that this was the right move: “I’ve said it since the beginning, before the vote for Qatar, that if we go to Qatar take care if we play in summer, we will have problems.”
New Beckham Autobiography
Former England and Manchester United star David Beckham is to launch his fourth autobiography in October with Lagardere’s UK-based Headline Publishing Group. The 38-year-old retired from football in May after a storied career at United, real Madrid, the LA Galaxy and PSG. His publisher told Reuters the book would be a personal celebration of his playing days. Beckham is England’s most capped outfield player having played in 115 internationals.
Doping Ban for Tahiti Player
FIFA has provisionally suspended a Tahitian international for 30 days after he failed a doping test after the team’s FIFA Confederations Cup match in Recife on 23 June. FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the player. The player, who has not been named, can appeal the decision. “Irrespective of whether or not the player requests a hearing, the player and/or the Tahitian Football Association have until Aug 15 to submit a statement to FIFA, together with all related and supporting documentary evidence,” FIFA said in a statement.
Streetfootballworld Gets UN Recognition
Streetfootballworld has been granted special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It means the NGO will be able to promote the concept of social change through football and represent the interests of its network members at the highest level of international development. NGOs with consultative status are allowed to attend international UN conferences and events, and to issue written and oral statements.
BT Sport to Screen Liverpool Friendlies
BT Sport will broadcast Liverpool FC pre-season fixtures including clashes with Celtic, Valerenga and Steven Gerrard’s testimonial. The new UK sports channel which launched today will show live
coverage of Gerrard’s testimonial against Olympiacos on Saturday, the Reds’ friendly against Valerenga at the Ullevaal Stadium
in Oslo on August 7 and the team’s clash with Scottish champions Celtic at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin three days later.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
Your best source of news about the global football business is World Football INSIDER