Qatar could hold the 2022 World Cup in winter

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FIFA’s decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has come under criticism on a number of grounds.

One of the more practical concerns is the searing summer heat, where temperatures can reach around 45 degrees. A number of solutions were thought of to talked about to cope with this problem, such as building specially air conditioned venues, or playing the games at night.

Now FIFA Vice-President, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein has given the strongest indication yet that the tournament could be moved to later in the year. Speaking to German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel, he said: “I think it’s better to play in winter. This way the weather would be better for the players and the fans. I don’t see why a World Cup in Winter in Qatar should be a big problem.”

Moving the tournament to the northern hemisphere’s winter will prove disruptive for the Premier League for example, which normally plays during this period.

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One thought on “Qatar could hold the 2022 World Cup in winter

  1. While doing this story for euronews I have to maintain a degree of neutrality, but away from that, I think it was just the most stupid idea to hold the World Cup in the desert, when there were plenty of other, better offers on the table! Could it have anything to do with behind the scenes payments to FIFA? Surely not…

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