Boyce: Back winter World Cup

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce has appealed to the Premier League to back the decision to switch the 2022 World Cup to the winter.

Last Updated: 19/09/13 at 12:14 Post Comment

Jim Boyce: Wants Premier League to back a winter switch for Qatar 2022

Jim Boyce: Wants Premier League to back a winter switch for Qatar 2022

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Sepp Blatter, the president of world football's governing body, admitted earlier this week that FIFA may have made "a mistake" in awarding the tournament to Qatar.

Matches would have to be played in temperatures of up to 50 degrees if played in the traditional summer time slot, leading to calls for it to be switched to winter.

While the European Clubs' Association (ECA) have backed such a move, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has opposed it, but Boyce is hoping for a change in stance.

Boyce told Sky Sports News: "I would appeal to the Premier League that in the interests of football, they work with FIFA and all the other European associations to try and ensure that this World Cup is played at the right time.

"I'm glad to see that there does now appear to be a willingness to sit down and talk about it."

Boyce admitted that FIFA delegates didn't know how hot it was going to be when they voted for Qatar.

"I think perhaps FIFA were caught in a bit of a trap," he said. "They found out that this was going to be in severe heat. Hindsight is a wonderful thing."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property