FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that football's governing body will begin a consultation process looking at the impact of moving the tournament to the winter.
Blatter told a news conference in Zurich:
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar. There you have it. We have decided we are going to carry out consultations. These will include all the participants in the World Cup and stakeholders including players, clubs, leagues, national associations confederations and FIFA.
There are also economic partners involved be they from marketing, the media and television and we need to bear in mind our obligations to these partners.
We need to carry out very deep consultations and investigations and show some diplomacy and wisdom.