European leagues warn FIFA over 2022 World Cup decision

The top leagues in Europe have urged FIFA not to rush their decision on whether to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the winter months, Sky Sports has reported, as the world governing body look to find a solution to the searing summer heat in the Middle Eastern state.

Qatar was controversially awarded the tournament in December 2010 and since then the focus has been on the possibility of staging the tournament during winter, due to likely summer temperatures in excess of 50c. This has led to considerable opposition in Europe due to the likelihood of disruption to the club schedules.

FIFA are set to make a decision early in October, and its president Sepp Blatter is in favour of the switch, but the Association of the European Professional Football Leagues is hoping for a full investigation into the outcomes that a winter World Cup would provide.

The EPFL issued a statement which read: “The feasibility of any change to the calendar involves every aspect of football organisation across all countries, from the grass-roots to the major national representative tournaments and the leagues.

Any suggestion of staging the World Cup at a time other than the traditional period is a crucial issue for the European Leagues considering the impact on the organisation of domestic championships throughout Europe, and of the international football calendar around the world.

The EPFL is of the view that no hasty decision shall be made by the FIFA executive committee of October 3-4.

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