2022 World Cup decision to be delayed

The decision on whether the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be rescheduled looks set to be delayed, after concerns expressed by UEFA president and FIFA vice-president, Michel Platini, among others, the Daily Telegraph is reporting.

The president of world football’s governing body, Sepp Blatter, had planned to make a final verdict on the tournament following a meeting on Friday, but opposition internally and externally has led to calls for a full consultation with various stakeholders before any decision is made.

The debate over when the event shall be staged has been ongoing since Qatar was awarded the World Cup in December 2010, with Blatter hopeful of a switch to winter, due to the intense heat that can arise during the summer in the Gulf state, although the organisers insist that they will be prepared for the tournament to be played at any time during 2022.

There have also been concerns raised by the top European leagues, as a winter World Cup would lead to major changes to domestic fixtures.

On Friday, Blatter is now expected to announce merely that the members of Exco acknowledge that there would be a health risk should the World Cup be played in the summer, after Platini said on Wednesday: “You can’t have the decision before the consultation. It is the wrong way round. There will be no decision. It is impossible.

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