By Paul Nicholson, Editor-in-chief, Insideworldfootball
Disappointing habits are alive and well – actually thriving across all media. Insideworldfootball’s big scoop on Monday set the agenda for the day and a couple of days after – we’re proud of that and stand by every word of the interview as it was printed.
But let’s get this straight from the start. At no point did FIFA’s president ever say that awarding the World Cup to Qatar was a mistake. He did – and in the context of the summer or winter conversation – muse on the wisdom of summer, and in this regard there may have been a mistake. But not on the right of Qatar to hold the World Cup – something he is unequivocally clear about elsewhere in the interview.
It seems for a lot of people in football media, these kinds of nuances are difficult concepts. Perhaps these people should stick to counting goals and getting the scorer’s name right.