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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.

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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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