WC 2010: Kadhafi wants winners to host next edition

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi Monday advocated that Spain should host the next FIFA World Cup, given that it won the 2010 edition that ended Sunday in South Africa.
"The next World Cup should be held in Spain and this practice should continue, otherwise what would be the meaning of these events if players who made great efforts to win the cup are not entitled to organize the coming edition, Kadhafi told the Libyan press agency (JANA).
Earlier in a speech on 13 June at the 40th anniversary of the evacuation of US forces from Libya, the Libyan leader had severely criticized the world soccer governing body, FIFA, calling it "corrupt international organization and unworthy of trust".
The Libyan leader stressed the need to allow countries which win the World Cup to host the following edition, even if they are poor, charging that FIFA should spend its billions of dollars to help these countries cushion the costs of hosting.
Kadhafi wondered why small countries had not so far hosted the World Cup, saying that colonization was the origin of the poverty of these countries through the plundering of their resources.
Calling for the judicial investigation into the conduct of FIFA, Kadhafi also said the world soccer governing body should reimburse billions of dollars acquired to their owners and put an end to the "camps of slavery and trafficking of the institution through the purchase and treatment of players.
" Spain won the FIFA World Cup for the first time in its history, beating Netherlands 1-0 during extra-time.

12 juillet 2010 16:27:00

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