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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.

Debate whether to hold Qatar 2022 World Cup in winter

The debate over what time of year the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played is heading winter's way. A meeting tomorrow is likely to propose November and December as the preferred months. That's not what English and Scottish football bosses want.


Coe: Bid teams are right to do their research on opponents

Lord Coe has told ITV that the England 2018 World Cup bidding team were right to look into opposing bids.

Having lost out to Russia for the tournament in 2018, the bid team will reportedly be questioned for creating a dossier on opponents.

The former athlete said the London 2012 bid, which he led, was successful thanks to the level of research they did, stating that they won the Olympics as the team 'knew what the landscape looked like'.

SFO mulling UK criminal probe into Fifa corruption claims

The Serious Fraud Office has reportedly confirmed it is actively seeking evidence related to Fifa's World Cup corruption probe and is inviting whistleblowers to come forward.

According to letters seen by The Daily Telegraph, the SFO said it was pursuing "every reasonable line of inquiry" to decide whether it can open an investigation into the allegations of unlawful conduct during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has rejected FA chairman Greg Dyke's call to publish the Garcia report into allegations of corruption in World Cup bidding, claiming it would break Fifa rules and Swiss law. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Fifa, which faced worldwide criticism for its handling of an inquiry into the bids, last week announced it has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general regarding "possible misconduct of individual persons" in connection with the bids.

Regarding the potential for a Serious Fraud Office inquiry, a spokesperson confirmed to ITV News:

There is no information which has so far been brought to the SFO’s attention that shows that the UK criminal courts would accept jurisdiction. We continue to monitor the situation and to keep the jurisdictional position under review.

– Serious Fraud Office spokesperson

FIFA refuse to reveal individuals being investigated

The identities of the individuals who have been reported to the attorney general by FIFA have not been disclosed.

Eckert's findings released last week did name two people, both former FIFA ethics committee members, as having contravened rules: Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago, who resigned in disgrace in 2011, and Mohamed Bin Hammam, the former Asian confederation president from Qatar who was banned for life by FIFA.

FIFA said it could not disclose whether Warner and Bin Hammam were those who had been reported to the attorney general.

Eckert's findings had criticised the England 2018 bid for pandering to Warner's wishes but there is no suggestion the England bid has been reported to the Swiss prosecutors.

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