Posted on August 15, 2013

Moving the 2022 World Cup from summer to winter would be "nigh-on impossible", English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said on Thursday. Qatar beat Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States in a vote to host soccer's showpiece in the summer.

Richard Scudamore

Concerns have been raised about summer temperatures in the Gulf state, which can exceed 50 degrees, prompting talk of switching the tournament away from its usual June-July slot to a possible January or February start. Such a move would obviously have logistical implications for domestic club football around the globe.

Scudamore said in comments published by Sky Sports News: "At the end of the day, FIFA made a decision which is for none of us to comment on. They decided the World Cup will be in the summer in Qatar. "Our view is, if that is deemed not possible by FIFA, they need to move the location. We can't just, on a whim, decide to move to the winter. It's extremely difficult, nigh-on impossible in our view."

Scudamore said he wants a thorough consultation to take place. "Where they award the World Cup to is a FIFA executive committee decision and not our business," he told Sky Sports News. "But the international football calendar has to be consulted, FIFA can't just decide. There's a whole series of complications and consultation has to be separate with leagues on a global basis, to make sure it works for everyone before a decision is made."

Earlier this month, the new chairman of the Football Association in England claimed that hosting a summer World Cup in Qatar in 2022 would be "impossible". Greg Dyke, who took up his FA role last month, said he believes the tournament is likely to move to winter because of the heat.

source: Arabian Business