ULRICHEN, Switzerland – FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he expects his executive committee to decide soon on a switch that will shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to another season to avoid searing summer heat.
Blatter told The Associated Press on Sunday an Oct. 3-4 meeting in Zurich should approve the change, and begin consultation on the best time for Qatar to host the tournament.
“I would be very much surprised, more than surprised, if the ExCo will not accept the principle you cannot play in summer in Qatar,” Blatter said.
“What will be following, this would be then decided later.”
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Blatter said consultations would involve leagues, team, national associations and players, through their international union FIFPro, but he set no timetable.
Qatar’s suitability in June and July, when temperatures routinely rise above 104 degrees, was questioned even before FIFA’s board awarded it the tournament in December 2010.
Qatar defeated bids from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia.
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