I've spent time in Oman and Dubai and stopped in Qatar en route to Australia. It isn't even so much the temperature that is going to be a problem for players, it is the humidity.
You can't breathe and that is just getting off the plane and into the airport terminal. I only played golf in Oman, not football, and even in the morning when it is meant to be cooler I was soaking all the way round. That kind of climate is just not suitable for sport.
It was always crazy to expect the World Cup to be played there, and now that the debate is heating up about moving the 2022 finals from the summer to the winter it is becoming one of the biggest footballing farces of all time.
Fifa and Uefa are both on record as saying they think the tournament should be moved to some point in the winter - there is a debate over whether it should be November/December or January - but Fifa knew before the decision was taken what the weather is like in Qatar in the summer. It is still warm there even in winter, for goodness sake.
Let's cut to the chase. Qatar was only awarded the 2022 event because money won the day. Money talks in life, and that is just another example. They won it because they are an oil-rich country, just like Russia did with 2018.
For all that the Qataris are talking about special cooling technologies in their stadiums, at some times of the year, and some times of the day, it gets beyond dangerous to play out there. Now they are saying that on medical advice the biggest tournament ever is going to be played in winter, but I think even that would be an embarrassment.
No, what I would do is tell Qatar they won't be hosting the event after all. What is the problem with saying 'we have made a mistake here and we need to change it'?
Play it in the summer and there would be a huge health and safety risk for players and fans alike; move it the winter and our players would have to prepare themselves for a World Cup at the height of our season. But Fifa won't backtrack because they have probably accepted a certain package of finance.
I can't imagine what they were thinking about when they made the decision to go to Qatar. Sepp Blatter is like a stand-up comedian. He has so much power, but is a laughing stock who shouldn't be in the job.
CELTIC'S defeat against AC Milan at the San Siro in midweek tells you everything you need to know about football at Champions League level. The Italians were poor on the night and Celtic played really well. It was as comfortable as you are ever going to be in the San Siro and yet still they lost.
It was another learning curve for Celtic on how to be clinical and ruthless, but I don't think it was really too much of a reflection on the players. Georgios Samaras has that quality, Anthony Stokes was unlucky with the free-kick which hit the bar, and Kris Commons and Adam Matthews have shown they can produce. But just at that vital moment they couldn't come up with the right cross or that special pass.
The whole squad will be rueful right now because they should be sitting there with at least a point on the board. You could even say they should have won.
But it isn't all bad, because Celtic have shown they can go away from home, play well and have a lot of possession. That is how much they have come on.
Any result Scottish teams used to get in the Champions League was backs-against-the-wall at times, a 1-0 with great defending, but it wasn't really like that for Celtic in midweek. They looked more comfortable away from home than they have ever been. Now they just have to become more ruthless in the final third.
It must have given them hope to see how bad Milan were and with Ajax well beaten by Barcelona, Celtic still have a great chance of finishing second in their group. So I think Neil Lennon will be quietly satisfied about the way his team played, but he will also know it was a great opportunity missed.