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Opposition Increases To Qatar Winter World Cup Plans

Thu 3rd Oct 2013 | FIFA

Plans to move the World Cup in Qatar 2022 to the winter are looking increasingly unlikely after Michel Platini said it would be ‘impossible’ to vote on the plans when they are discussed on Friday.

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, wants to move the event to avoid Qatar’s summertime temperatures of more than 40C. However, it’s understood that three members of FIFA's executive committee have said they would oppose any immediate switch. 

Preparations for the tournament, the first of its kind to be held in the Middle East, have been rocked by controversy since they were awarded it.

The recent revelations over the exploitation and deaths of migrants working in the country have further troubled the tournament hosts and FIFA.

An investigation by the Guardian newspaper claimed at least 44 workers died between 4 June and 8 August because of heart-related issues or workplace accidents and that there is some evidence of forced labour on a major World Cup infrastructure project.

With FIFA’s executive committee gathered in Zurich for a two-day conference today, the issue will take centre stage with FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke expected to give an update on the preparations for the tournament in 2022.

But England’s opposition to the switch stands alone as 54 of UEFA’s member associations have already backed a switch which Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore claimed would cause chaos to fixtures across Europe.

 Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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