Mark Schwarzer doesn't have a whole lot to do sitting behind Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech on the depth chart, and that's apparently left him with an awful lot of time to think about stuff that doesn't makes sense. One of the first to come to mind was probably the playing of World Cup matches in the desert during the summer,, an idea FIFA wholeheartedly endorses. Here's what he had to say on the matter:
"People complain about it being too hot. I've played World Cup qualifiers there in June, and it is hot. I played a game in Oman in June one year and it was 43 degrees."
"Something needs to happen to stop games at that time of year. It is just ridiculous, and it will only happen once probably not just one person but two or three people drop dead."
"That's unfortunate, but that's probably the only way they will do anything. It's ridiculous, it really is ridiculous to be playing at that time of year and I don't why there's even a debate."
"A committee went out there and said it was not safe to play, yet they were still awarded it."
Common sense is a wonderful thing, isn't it? Schwarzer obviously wasn't subjected to bribes as the committee making the decision was though, so it's harder to overlook that awarding the 2022 tournament to Qatar was just a truly terrible idea.
Speaking of dirty corrupt bastards, Schwarzer followed this up with some talk about the Garcia report, which will not be made available to the public anytime soon:
"I find it really, really disappointing to see a global body that has so little trust globally, from anyone -- even the members of the game."
"And now there's this Garcia report. Why conduct a report if you are not going to make it open? If you want trust in FIFA, surely you should open the report and say, 'here it is.'
"Open it up to the public, open it up to everyone so we can see how FIFA is run. If it is run incorrectly, then we can change it. It is such a shame to see football being run how it's being run, with so little trust."
Hard to argue with any of that, isn't it? Mark Schwarzer for FIFA president sounds better than some other (terrible) ideas thrown out there over the years...