The prospect of a Winter World Cup 2022 has edged a step closer today as European chiefs agreed that the event could not take place during the summer in Qatar. The 54 UEFA member association backed the plan in a meeting in Croatia.
FIFA vice president Jim Boyce said, “There were certain reservations regarding the World Cup in Qatar but everyone agreed that it would be impossible to play in the severe heat of Qatar in the summer.”
Temperatures in Qatar can reach up to 50 degrees which could be a health risk to players and fans. However, there are already concerns over the proposed plans to make the tournament a winter event in 2022.
If the 2022 World Cup is played during the winter this would disrupt domestic games across Europe and the world, and in particular the Premier League. The 2021-22 season would be disrupted as well as the ones on either side.
The question is would there be a break in the season? Or would there be reservations for games to be played in June and July? Questions on how the proposed Winter World Cup in 2022 will be organised will have to be answered by FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Another plan is to move the tournament in 2022 to another location which seems more reasonable, however the head of the Qatar World Cup Hassan al-Thawadi has rejected calls for this to happen.
Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke has already said that the tournament in 2022 would have to be moved to another location if a time cannot be agreed.
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