First of all i should have said january instead of winter to solve the north-south hemi confusion
I`ve read Blatter`s comments and his main issue is not the conditions inside the stadiums. We can all make a very safe bet that the A/C will be more than excellent. But what about the life outside the football games? They can`t a/c the whole country !
Which brings us to what Moranis said... They knew about the disadvantages. It`s not only the heat. Islamic laws are not very "compatible" with the western life style. Can you imagine 40.000 english fans not allowed to drink beer in public?
I was in Athens during the CL final Milan -Liverpool and the day of the game the center of the city was burried under tons of beer cans!
I guess the "gift" was too big to reject it.