FA back winter Qatar World Cup

The Football Association believes it is impossible to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the summer, the governing body's new chairman Greg Dyke has said. Premier League head Richard Scudamore said moving the event would "cause chaos".

Qatar hits back at calls to move World Cup elsewhere

Organisers of the 2022 Qatar World Cup hit back at the Football Association's suggestion of moving the tournament to another country.

The FA says it will be too hot for players and fans if the tournament took place in Qatar during the summer.

Chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, has said in an interview that air conditioning will not be enough. He is calling for FIFA to move the 2022 World Cup to a new location or to a different time of year.

The Qataris say they are ready to host whether it is summer or winter.

Football is the most popular sport in the Middle East and the people of our region deserve the opportunity to have history made in their part of the world.

– Qatar World Cup's supreme committee

Moving Qatar World Cup would 'cause chaos'

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of Premier League
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of Premier League Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Richard Scudamore, the Chief Executive of Premier League has told the Daily Telegraph that Fifa's plans to move the World Cup in Qatar would cause chaos.

The tournament is meant to take place in June/July 2022 when the average temperature in the country is around 50 degrees or 122 fahrenheit.

The Premier League believes moving the tournament would "cause chaos" with the domestic features in 2021 and 2022.

It would also reduce the ability of the Premier League to negotiate rights access with major broadcasters which would ultimately reduce the amount of sponsorship money being sent to clubs.

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FA chairman: 'It is too hot to play football in Qatar'

Greg Dyke, the new chairman of the Football Association, has told Sky News that something needs to be done to change the World Cup in Qatar.

If you've been to a World Cup you have seen the number of fans who mill around outside the stadium.

If you talk to most people in football even they say it would be too hot to play. I feel sorry for the Qataris and I think FIFA made a mistake at that time. But now we have to solve the problem.

For football fans to be milling around in a place like Qatar where it is 40-50 degrees I think it would be too difficult. Even Seb Blatter, the head of FIFA, admits there is a problem.

– FA chairman Greg Dyke

Dyke: 'Impossible' for fans to attend 2022 World Cup

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has said it will be "impossible" for football fans to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar because of the Arab State's summer heat.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in June 2022 where temperatures are normally as high 50C in the northern hemisphere.

Even if all the stadia are air-conditioned - which seems a bit strange in terms of the green policy - it would be impossible for the fans just to go out there, wander around in that sort of heat.

The FA's position will be you can't play it in summer in Qatar. FIFA therefore has two choices; you either move it in time or to another location. I suspect either ends up in some sort of litigation but then someone should have worked that out in 2010 when it was awarded.

It is then up to FIFA to decide whether to move it from Qatar or move it into autumn or winter. That's what the discussions will be over the next few months.

I understand the reaction of the Premier League to not want to move it. I have some sympathy with them. They didn't have to choose to give it to Qatar in the summer but that's where it is. It will either have to be moved out of the summer or another location. I suspect the former is more likely than the latter.

Read: FA chairman calls for winter Qatar World Cup

FA chairman calls for winter Qatar World Cup

New Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.
New Football Association chairman Greg Dyke. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Football Association believes it is impossible to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the summer, the governing body's new chairman Greg Dyke has stated.

Dyke says FIFA has two choices - to move the World Cup to a cooler part of the year or give the tournament to another country - but believes a winter World Cup is more likely.

It is the first time the FA has taken a formal position on the controversial issue, although Dyke's predecessor David Bernstein said in June that any plans to move the World Cup to the winter were "fundamentally flawed".

The latest statement could lead to some differences with the Premier League, whose chief executive Richard Scudamore strongly opposes any move to change the World Cup to the winter due to the disruption it will cause to domestic club competitions over three years.

Dyke said: "I don't know how many people have been to Qatar in June. I have. The one thing I can tell you is you can't play a football tournament in Qatar in June."

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