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Premier League chief feels 'let down' by Fifa and UEFA

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has expressed his disappointment after Fifa's task force recommended staging the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December.

Scudamore wants minimal disruption to his Premier League schedule. Credit: Reuters

The recommendation is likely to be ratified at a Fifa meeting in Zurich next month and would play havoc with the Premier League campaign, which includes a packed schedule of matches during the last two months of the calendar year.

Scudamore feels the UEFA Champions League has been protected by Fifa's decision rather than domestic leagues such as the Premier League.

British Fifa chief against late December World Cup final

Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce will oppose any move to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup final as late as December 23.

Boyce doesn't want the final as late as December 23rd. Credit: PA

The task force announced its recommendation for a "late November to late December" winter World Cup following a meeting in Doha, and also said that the tournament should be shortened.

Boyce, from Northern Ireland, said moving the World Cup to the winter was a "common sense" decision but that a final on December 23, which is reportedly one of the options, would be too close to Christmas and the traditional festive matches.

I think that is too close to Christmas - that's the only reservation I would have and I would like it a week earlier, but I want to wait until the FIFA executive committee meeting to hear all the details about the dates.

It will cause a lot of disruption but it is eight years away and people should have enough time to make it work.

– FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce


Fifa admit concerns over 2022 Qatar World Cup

The chief of Fifa's task force into the 2022 Qatar World Cup admits a series of concerns were expressed after it was recommended that the tournament be staged in November and December.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa admits the event could be shortened. Credit: Reuters

The head of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA meeting next month, when the recommendation is expected to be ratified by the executive committee of world soccer's governing body.

Some people have concerns, but whatever decision you're going to take will have some questions about it.

But we need to look at the overall benefit of everybody. There are no plans to reduce the size of the tournament from 32 teams or 64 matches, but the tournament would be shortened by a matter of days.

– Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa

FIFA recommends shorter 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The FIFA statement confirmed the task force had recommended a shorter tournament

The 2022 World Cup is likely to be staged in November and December. Credit: PA

It said: "The outcome of the discussions is also a proposed reduced competition days schedule with the exact dates to be defined inline with the match schedule and number of venues to be used for the 22nd edition of football's flagship event.

"The proposed event dates have the full support of all six confederations. The proposal will be discussed at the next meeting of the FIFA executive committee, scheduled to take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 19 and 20 March 2015. "

The statement said the task force was exploring the option of staging the Confederations Cup in another Asian confederation country during the traditional June/July window in 2021, and using another FIFA competition such as the Club World Cup as the operational test event for Qatar in November/December 2021.

Fifa recommend November-December for 2022 Qatar World Cup

The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday.

A winter World Cup would cause havoc to Premier League schedules. Credit: Reuters

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA meeting next month, when the recommendation is expected to be ratified by the executive committee of world soccer's governing body.

Should Fifa act on its recommendations, the tournament would have major implications on the English Premier League campaign, which runs from August to May.


Beckham gives Figo Fifa presidency backing

David Beckham has offered his support to former Real Madrid team-mate Luis Figo in his bid to be Fifa president.

The two midfielders played together in the Spanish capital, with the Portuguese star hoping to oust Sepp Blatter a the head of football's world governing body.

David Beckham, left, is back Luis Figo, right. Credit: PA

"I welcome the candidacy of my friend Luis for Fifa president. Any successful organisation needs to have good people who are passionate about the game and want to do the best for fans.

"Fifa will only benefit from having a wide range of strong candidates present their visions for the game and it's good to see people volunteer. I wish Luis and the other candidates well."

Fifa president candidate wants Garcia report published

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein says Michael Garcia's report into Fifa should be published following recent allegations in Germany.

Der Spiegel claim a recent report by Mark Pieth had criticism of Sepp Blatter removed.

Prince Ali isn't concerned by recent events. Credit: Reuters

"There does appear to be evidence of interference in the drafting of the so-called independent Pieth report by Fifa," Ali said. "This is deeply worrying and suggests something is not right at the heart of Fifa governance.

"Without publishing the Garcia report in full, Fifa faces the ongoing public suspicion that interference may also have occurred in that case."

Uefa unhappy with Fifa reform report

The divisions between Uefa and Fifa president Sepp Blatter have grown after a report into reform proposals was watered down.

German magazine Der Spiegel claims criticism of Blatter by independent governance committee chairman Mark Pieth was removed from his final report by FIFA's legal adviser Marco Villiger.

Michel Platini, left, and Sepp Blatter, right, aren't on the best of terms. Credit: PA

Pedro Pinto, a spokesman for Uefa president Michel Platini, said: "The latest revelations regarding the Pieth report show that Fifa's independent governance committee was anything but independent.

"Uefa has always wondered why it was criticised by Mr Pieth and wrongly accused of blocking Fifa reforms. Now we understand why and where it all came from."

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