FIFA in 'no doubt' over Qatar

FIFA have insisted the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar - but the ongoing debate about when the tournament will be held continues.

Last Updated: 03/10/13 at 14:49 Post Comment

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The Executive Committee have started their two-day meeting in Zurich with FIFA head Sepp Blatter, expected to ask for an agreement in principle to move the tournament to the winter.

Some delegates believe they should delay any detailed decision on moving the tournament until there has been full consultation with the game's stakeholders - but what is not in doubt is that the World Cup will go ahead in the tiny Gulf state.

FIFA director of communications Walter de Gregorio told Sky Sports News: "There's no doubt that they will play in Qatar.

"What is the open question, as you know, is if you play in winter and if you play in winter is it November, December, January, I don't know."

Northern Ireland's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce is prepared to back a decision in principle to move the World Cup to the winter to avoid the summer heat in Qatar but thinks it is too early to decide on the exact timing.

"I wouldn't object to taking a decision on moving it in principle - I think nearly everybody is agreed on that," said Boyce.

"But I don't think we can make any decision on the exact timing - should it be in November, January or whenever - until we have got everyone in the game around the table to find a solution."

UEFA's 54 member associations have already backed the principle of playing in winter, a proposal championed by the European body's president Michel Platini, a FIFA vice-president.

However, Platini has other issues regarding Qatar following an investigation last week which uncovered allegations of appalling treatment of migrant workers in the country.

"I'm much more concerned about that than the discussion about summer and winter," said Platini.

"There will be no decision. It is impossible. We must wait to see what proposal president Blatter will bring to the executive committee."

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