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FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he will travel to Qatar to raise the issue of mistreatment of migrant workers ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
It follows an investigation which revealed that dozens of Nepalese workers have died in Qatar this year.
"It is a responsibility not only for Qatar but the construction companies, and there are many European companies working there," Blatter said.
"We cannot turn a blind eye but we cannot make a direct intervention - but the Qatar government have confirmed they will do so."
FIFA member Michel D'Hooghe has claimed it will be 2015 at the earliest before a final decision is made on the dates of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Asked when a FIFA taskforce might make a decision about moving the tournament to the winter, the Belgian said: "At the earliest in 2015. We need some concrete information - this will not be done in two days."
However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: ""It cannot be later than 2015 - probably the end of 2014."
The Premier League said it welcomes FIFA's plan to consult major football leagues over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The League's chief executive Richard Scudamore has previously been strongly opposed to the idea of a winter World Cup.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that football's governing body will begin a consultation process looking at the impact of moving the tournament to the winter.
Blatter told a news conference in Zurich:
David Beckham told ITV News today that football's governing body, FIFA, faced a "big decision" over whether to switch the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid the hot summer months. But Beckham said he was confident the Qataris would make the event special, whenever it is held.
A decision on whether to move the Qatar 2022 World Cup to the winter will not be made until after next year's World Cup in Brazil, FIFA chiefs in Zurich agreed today.
The football governing body's executive committee will set up a commision to consider moving the tournament, but it will not make any decision before the 2014 showpiece in South America.
FIFA is looking at moving the tournament in Qatar due to the extreme heat in June and July, when the World Cup is due to be held.
Qatar World Cup organisers insist they can hold it an any time of the year, using cooling technology to lessen the effect of the heat.
FIFA is to take the first step towards holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter after its executive committee agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament.
It is understood there was no discussion about who would join the commission at today's FIFA summit in Zurich, although Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is among those expected to be approached.
David Beckham has told ITV News that moving the World Cup to winter is "a big decision" for FIFA. Football's world governing body is expected to take the first step towards moving the tournament by appointing a task force to oversee the process.
As FIFA chiefs in Zurich today ponder moving the Qatar 2022 World Cup from summer to winter, The Times (£) has devised a potential calendar for the 2022/23 English football season.
The paper suggests the Premier League campaign could start in June, almost two months earlier than normal, with the FA Cup final taking place nearly a year later.
How the 2022/23 football season could look:
- Sat, 23 Jun: Premier League season starts
- Tue, 9 Aug: Champions League group stages begin
- Wed, 2 Nov: Champions League groups finish
- Nov 17 - Dec 18: World Cup
- Mon, 26 Dec: Premier League resumes
- Sat, 28 May: Champions League final
- Sun, 11 June: Premier League finishes
- Sat, 17 June: FA Cup final
Reports suggest there has been a delay over when Fifa will vote to switch the 2022 Qatar World Cup from its traditional summer slot to the winter.
ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports: