Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, has said it would be impossible to hold the 2022 World Cup, scheduled for Qatar, in winter, Sky
It has been suggested that the tournament will be moved from the summer because of the high temperatures in the Gulf state – temperatures that could make playing football dangerous for the teams, and watching dangerous for the spectators.
Switching the competition to the winter would mean re-organising the European leagues, which run on an August to May calendar. Scudamore said that since FIFA took the decision to award the tournament to Qatar, they need to come up with a solution – if it cannot be held in the summer – that does not impact to heavily on football around the world.
“They’ve decided to hold the World Cup in the summer in Qatar and that’s their decision,” Scudamore said. “If that is deemed to be not possible, for whatever reasons FIFA decide and that is their decision not ours as to where they hold the World Cup, then they need to either move the location if it can’t be held in the summer. We can’t just on a whim decide to move it to winter, that’s a very different issue.”
Scudamore went on to say that as far as the Premier League is concerned, it is “nigh on impossible” to play the World Cup in the winter, in the middle of the league programme. “The international football calendar is one that has to be consulted through; it is not something FIFA can just decide because the whole of world football has an interest in that.
“There is a whole series of complications around that and that consultation process has to be a separate consultation process with leagues and associations on a global basis, not just the Premier League and European Leagues, to make sure it works for everybody.”
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