Making some noise: Outgoing FFA chairman Frank Lowy. Photo: SashaWoolley
Fair dinkum Frank. You might be on your way out from the top table of Football Federation Australia, but you seem determined to go out with a bang.
Perhaps we will declare your epitaph to be that nothing became your footballing life like the leaving of it, when you eventually step down in a couple of years.
FFA chairman Frank Lowy's broadside at FIFA on Tuesday, and his demand that the Swiss-based operation should cough up the taxpayer-funded $43 million that Australia wasted on a futile World Cup bid, grabbed global headlines, even if it may not amount to much.
FIFA has already moved to quieten the Lowy clarion call and said no nation can expect compensation if the game's governing body opts to move the 2022 World Cup, due to be staged in the desert heat of Qatar, from the northern summer to winter. Well there's a surprise, and at least it's consistent with what history teaches us is FIFA's world view: that all money it accrues, by any means whatsoever, stays with it.
If Lowy is serious and intends to take this demand further, we can only hope he has lit the spark that will fan the flames of global protest over the increasingly ridiculous decision to hand Qatar the rights to host the event. If that occurs, he has done the game a great service.
If his outburst was made, as some have suggested, with more than an eye on the local scene and the positive way it would play out here, then it may be more than mere gesture politics even if it is moot to ask why the FFA boss, having been made to look ridiculous in the vote for the World Cup hosting rights, has taken so long to show such umbrage.
Anything which continues to put pressure on FIFA to reconsider what looks like the increasingly untenable decision to put the biggest event in world sport into the tiny Persian Gulf nation has to be applauded. Admittedly, though, Lowy appears an unlikely apparatchik to lead a bunch of dissidents in the overthrow of a body of sporting dictators who wield power that an average member of a Soviet politburo would have envied.
Lowy's angst has been fired by the suggestion, gaining ever greater support, that the 2022 World Cup should be staged in the northern hemisphere winter of that year rather than in the traditional summer months. In Qatar in January, the temperatures ''plummet'' to the low 20s, which means games are unlikely to put the players' lives at risk.
Of course, to switch dates would create widespread disruption to much of the global football calendar, including the A-League. A 2022 World Cup held in January would not only severely disrupt the 2021-22 season, but probably also those that come before and after.
Of course the easiest and simplest thing would be for FIFA to admit it screwed it up, declare the 2022 bid a no contest, pay compensation to those countries (Qatar, USA, Australia, South Korea, Japan) who bid and reopen tenders.
Pigs might fly.
But if, by some miracle, that were to happen, the game would be the winner. But one thing Australia - if you bid again, lose the inflatable kangaroo from the sales pitch.
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