"I spoke to the Italian and Spanish players after the semifinal and they said it was impossible to play extra time in that heat, and that was a late afternoon kickoff. We have to realize that it's not just the quality of the game that is affected, but the players' health could be damaged. The traveling is also a problem, you have four-hour flights in some cases and when you have just played a tough game and only have a few days to recover, that also has an effect."
-- Theo van Seggelen, secretary general of FIFPro, the international players union, saying that concerns about the heat at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have overshadowed concerns about playing the World Cup next year in Brazil, in particular matches with afternoon kickoffs in tropical venues. (Reuters)