FIFA winter World Cup probe

FIFA edged closer to holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter after it agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament. However, no decision will be made until after next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Qatar 2022 winter World Cup vote not imminent

by - Sports Editor

I do not expect there to be any final vote tomorrow over proposals to switch the Qatar 2022 World Cup from summer to winter.

Instead, I think Fifa will reach out to its stakeholders, the domestic leagues that will be so badly affected by a future switch and the TV companies who pay so much money to cover the events, to see whether a compromise or consensus can be made.

But for those hoping for a straight winter-summer decision tomorrow, I think they will be disappointed.

Read: Qatar 2022 chief: Lots of allegations 'have no basis'

Qatar 2022 chief: Lots of allegations 'have no basis'

Asked about allegations of corruption and the treatment of migrant workers as well as the continuing speculation over moving the World Cup to the winter, the head of the Qatar 2022 organising committee told ITV News:

A lot of these issues arise and always paint a certain picture with no basis whatsoever.

Our focus is to show the critics with our results on the ground.


Read more: Qatar 2022 World Cup chief says he is focusing on a summer tournament


Qatar 2022 chief concerned over treatment of workers

The head of the 2022 World Cup organising committee had told ITV News there are concerns over the treatment of migrant workers involved in the construction of stadia and other tournament projects.

The frustration is that there's a focus on the absolute negativity without looking at the context being provided around it.

We have had discussions with stakeholders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within and outside Qatar.

The government has said it will be reviewing these matters.

– Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee

Read: Qatar organisers: 'Focus on 2022 summer World Cup'

Hodgson 'not concerned' over Qatar World Cup vote

England manager Roy Hodgson has told ITV News that he is not concerned at the moment about when the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be staged.

A FIFA vote is expected to back moving the tournament from summer to winter in the next 24 hours, which could impact upon the Premier League.

Speaking after naming his England squad to compete in upcoming World Cup qualifiers, he said: "As far as I am concerned at the moment there is more than enough for me to think about, concern myself about, even to some extent worry about, because I am so desperate that we qualify (for Brazil 2014)."

He added: "I think I'll leave the subject of Qatar to people who will have a much more philosophical view on the subject than I have at this moment in time."

Read: Qatar organisers: 'Focus on 2022 summer World Cup'

Qatar organisers: 'Focus on 2022 summer World Cup'

Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee, has told ITV News that the issue of whether the World Cup should be moved from summer to winter is "very important" to the football community and that the committee are still focusing on a summer World Cup.

Ahead of an anticipated FIFA vote on when the showpiece event will be staged, he said:

The change of timing is a very important issue for the football community. For Qatar our focus is on a summer World Cup, the legacy elements behind a summer World Cup are of such magnitude and impact that we continue with our preparations, if it is in winter, we'll still continue with our preparations.

– Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee

Read: FIFA set to debate Qatar 2022 World Cup date switch

FIFA set to debate Qatar 2022 World Cup date switch

FIFA are set to debate changing the 2022 Qatar World Cup dates as organisers of the tournament said they would be willing to switch football's most prestigious competition to the winter.

A computer image of the 'Al Wakra' stadium to be built in Doha, Qatar, for the 2022 World Cup. Credit: Balkis Press/ABACA

Read: Why a winter World Cup might benefit the home nations

Football's world governing body will embark on a two-day meeting in Zurich to discuss moving the tournament from its usual slot in the summer because of high temperatures.

There has been widespread opposition to moving the World Cup due to fears that a switch could cause major disruption in major domestic leagues.

FIFA's executive committee will discuss how they can avoid the summer heat in Qatar, with a move to a November date seen as the most likely option.

Read: World Cup organisers 'appalled' by Qatar worker report


Qatar could 'accommodate change' in World Cup date

Qatar said it could accommodate changing the date of the 2022 World Cup after concerns were raised about the soaring temperatures in the Gulf state, which could reach 50 degrees celsius in summer months.

The 2022 World Cup is set to be played in Qatar. Credit: Frank Rumpenhorst/DPA/Press Association Images

FIFA's executive committee is due to decide later this week on the principle of moving the tournament, and is expected to agree that it should be changed from its usual time of June and July to earlier or later in the year due to the extreme heat during those months.

Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said: "We committed significant time and resources toward proving that we could host the tournament in summer in cool, comfortable and safe conditions.

"If the international football community reaches a consensus to move the event to an alternate date, we are able to accommodate that change. This would not affect our planning and preparation."

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