Qatar winter World Cup backed

The heads of 54 European members of Uefa have backed moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter because of the extreme summer weather. But the Premier League says it remains opposed to the idea.

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'Impossible' to have summer Qatar 2022 World Cup

European football federations have agreed it would be "impossible" to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in summer as planned and a task force will be set up to find an alternative.

FIFA is expected to agree in principle to the switch at its next executive committee meeting in October.

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, after the meeting of 54 UEFA associations, said:

Obviously there are certain reservations regarding the World Cup in Qatar but everyone agrees that it would be impossible to play in the severe heat of Qatar in the summer.

It is very important that we get this right.

– FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce

Europe backs moving 2022 Qatar World Cup to winter

A computer image of the 'Al Wakra' stadium to be built in Doha, Qatar, for the 2022 World Cup. Credit: ABACA

European countries have given their overall backing to moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter.

FIFA's executive committee is now expected to agree in principle to move the World Cup to the winter at its meeting in Zurich next month.

Following the 54 UEFA associations meeting in Croatia today, Britain's FIFA vice-president, Jim Boyce, said he wants FIFA to consult with the game's major stakeholders before making any decision about exactly when the tournament is staged.

"What has come out of this meeting, and what I think is sensible, is an agreement by the UEFA countries that the World Cup cannot be played in Qatar in the summer. Everyone was certainly in agreement about that," Boyce said.

He added: "But what the 54 countries do not want FIFA to do is to make a decision yet on exactly when in the year it is going to be played."

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