Rummenigge upbeat after meeting with Blatter

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he had positive talks with FIFA president Sepp Blatter about payments linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA and the ECA traded barbs last week after the governing body recommended playing the tournament in November-December. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke dismissed Rummenigge’s request for compensation for disrupting the traditional club season.

Rummenigge tells The Associated Press “I have a different opinion” of the conflict after meeting Blatter.

FIFA and the 214-member ECA aim to renew an accord which expired after paying clubs worldwide $70 million from 2014 World Cup revenues. That amount should rise significantly for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Rummenigge says he is “still positive and optimistic that there is the possibility to find a serious and fair solution.”