Euro nations want 2022 World Cup shifted to winter

Sep 19, 2013, 23:54 IST | Agencies

The member countries of European governing body UEFA support moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to a different time of year, FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce revealed.

Representatives from the 54 member associations discussed the proposals during a meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Qatar was awarded the right to host the tournament in 2010, but FIFA, UEFA and footballers' union FIFPro have since called for it to be moved to a different time of year.

Mid-year temperatures in the Gulf can reach a sweltering 50 degrees Celsius, whereas the average temperature in winter is a markedly cooler 24 degrees Celsius.

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