As the executive committee of FIFA convened in Zurich for two days of talks, President Sepp Blatter announced a 'stunning breakthrough' in attempts to host the event in Qatar in 2022.
"It came to me in a flash", said the dynamic football supremo, "Instead of blathering on about whether the football competition should be in the summer or winter, we should be really radical and change the sport. As I was 'entertained' in this wonderful nation, I saw many falconry competitions and that's when it hit me. We could kill two birds with one stone, by changing the name of our organisation from 'Fédération Internationale de Football Association' to 'Fédération Internationale de Falconry Association.' They're mad about birds of prey in Qatar and it makes perfect sense."
UEFA President Michel Platini, reacted positively to these surprise developments, but a spokesman denied that two Rolex watches found in Platin's luggage following a recent visit to Qatar, were in any way connected to his support.
However, fans were less happy with the rebranding of the world body that oversees the beautiful game. "Football is football and birds is birds," said Swansea fan Barry Richards on hearing the news. "The only time birds should get mixed with football is when the England coach allows WAGS to join the players in an international tournament."