Qatar heat forces a move towards a winter World Cup.
After intense debate about whether the searing temperatures of Qatar would be suitable for hosting the worlds premier football tournament, it has been announced that UEFA have agreed to move the tournament to either January or November 2022.
According to the BBC, FIFA’s vice-president, Britain’s Jim Boyce admitted that there is no way the tourament can be played during the summer.
“What has come out of this meeting is that the World Cup cannot be played in Qatar in the summer. Everyone was certainly in agreement about that.”
The 54 UEFA member nations all voted for the change at a meeting in Dubrovnik.
Britain is said to favour a November date, which would protect the high revenue Christmas and New Year fixtures,
While UEFA wants a January date so that no Champions League fixtures will have to be altered.
The change which is expected to be Rubber stamped at a FIFA meeting in Zurcih on October 3rd, could cause widespread disruption to leagues all across Europe.