FIFA’s executive committee is expected to agree in principle to move the 2022 World Cup to the winter

FIFA's executive committee is expected to agree in principle to move the 2022 World Cup to the winter

European countries have given their overall backing to moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter, Britain’s FIFA vice-president has confirmed.

Jim Boyce,  however said speaking from the 54 UEFA associations meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia,  that FIFA would want to consult with the game’s major stakeholders before making any decision about exactly when the tournament is staged.

FIFA’s executive committee is now expected to agree in principle to move the World Cup to the winter at its meeting in Zurich on October 3/4.

Boyce, speaking from Dubrovnik, told Press Association Sport: “What has come out of this meeting, and what I think is sensible, is an agreement by the UEFA countries that the World Cup cannot be played in Qatar in the summer. Everyone was certainly in agreement about that.

“But what the 54 countries do not want FIFA to do is to make a decision yet on exactly when in the year it is going to be played.

“There is still nine years to go and people feel FIFA should sit down with all the major stakeholders and come up with a solution that would cause the minimum disruption to football.

“There is plenty of time to do that in my opinion, and hopefully football will be the winner.”

 

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