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Posted On: 11 August 2013 12:29 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Qatar 2022 world cup will need to move due to heat, Says Greg Dyke

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A summer World Cup in Qatar in 2022 would be “impossible” because of the searing heat, said FA chairman Greg Dyke at a media briefing in London. “Even if all the stadia are air-conditioned, I think it will be impossible for the fans, just go out there and wander around in that sort of heat. I just don’t think it’s possible.” World Cups traditionally take place in June and July when night time temperatures in Qatar are around 29C with the mercury soaring to over 40C during the afternoon. Theo Zwanziger, formerly head of the German football federation (DfB) said last month Fifa’s decision to award the World Cup to Qatar was a “blatant mistake”. There have been calls for the tournament to be changed to the northern hemisphere winter, but it would require a disruption of the major domestic leagues in Europe such as the Premier League and La Liga. “Fifa have therefore got two choices. They can move it either time-wise or to another location. I suspect either will end up in some sort of litigation. But then someone should have worked that out in 2010 when it was awarded,” Greg Dyke said. “I understand the reaction of the Premier League in not wanting to move it, and I have some sympathy with them. We didn’t have to choose to give it to Qatar in the summer. But that’s where it is, and I think it will either have to be moved out of the summer or moved to another location,” he added. Source:Qatar Chronicle