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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".

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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.

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