World Cup - Premier League opposes winter tournament in Qatar

The Premier League has branded FIFA plans to discuss holding the 2022 World Cup in the winter to avoid the searing heat of the Qatar summer as "neither workable nor desirable".

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World Cup - Premier League opposes winter tournament in Qatar

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Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held in winter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who says it is "not rational" to play the tournament in its usual June-July window, intends to discuss the issue at October's executive committee meeting in Zurich.

"There is still enough time. I will bring this up to the executive committee,” he said.

"If this World Cup is to become a party for the people, you can't play football in the summer. You can cool down the stadiums, but you can't cool down the whole country."

Temperatures can hit 50C in summer in Qatar and the plan as it stands is for stadiums to be air-conditioned.

FIFA then announced that its executive committee will convene in October to discuss the issue.

A spokesman said: "As mentioned by the FIFA president yesterday, he will bring forward the matter of playing the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in winter to the FIFA executive committee on the occasion of their next meeting scheduled for October 3 and 4, 2013.

"This matter will now be with the executive committee and we can therefore not comment further before the meeting has taken place."

The Premier League reacted negatively once more to the latest proposal to get the tournament moved, as that would disrupt the calendar for both that season and the ones before and after, and also affect broadcasting contracts.

A Premier League spokesman told Press Association Sport: "The Premier League position remains unchanged. The prospect of a winter World Cup is neither workable nor desirable for European domestic football."

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