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FIFA Chief Expects to Reschedule 2022 Cup

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    FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, said he expected his executive committee to decide soon on a switch that will shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to another season to avoid the searing summer heat.

    Blatter told The Associated Press on Sunday that an Oct. 3-4 meeting in Zurich should approve the change and begin consultation on the best time for Qatar to host the tournament.
    “I would be very much surprised, more than surprised, if the ExCo will not accept the principle you cannot play in summer in Qatar,” Blatter said, referring to the executive committee. He spoke during an annual charity soccer tournament that he hosts in Ulrichen, Switzerland.
    Blatter said consultations would involve leagues, clubs, national associations and players, through their international union, but he set no timetable.
    Qatar’s suitability in June and July, when temperatures routinely rise above 104 degrees, was questioned even before FIFA’s board awarded it the tournament in December 2010.
    Blatter has previously suggested November as a possible start for the monthlong tournament, whereas recent speculation has focused on May. A January-February slot is unlikely because of the 2022 Olympics.
    Wealthy European clubs and leagues, including the Premier League and the Bundesliga, will probably be the biggest critics of any threat to schedule the 2022 World Cup during their traditional August-to-May season.

    By (AP)

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