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Qatar organizers are pushing ahead with plans to hold the 2022 World Cup in the summer, although they're willing to host in the winter.
UEFA President Michel Platini has led calls to play the tournament in the cooler winter months. FIFA's ruling body also could move the dates because of medical concerns about the desert heat.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Thursday that Qatar would have to request a shift to winter - and the organizers responded that they are ''committed to delivering on the promises we made to FIFA'' before winning the vote in 2010.
''Our bid was based on the sole intent of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the summer,'' the Doha-based organizing committee said Friday in a statement.
''Various figures from the world of football have raised preferences for hosting in the winter,'' the organizers said. ''We are ready to host the World Cup in summer or winter. Our planning isn't affected either...
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter insisted on Thursday that Qatar will host the World Cup in June-July 2022 as planned, amid growing speculation it could be moved to the cooler winter months.
Blatter said that Qatari organizers would have to ask to change their hosting plan from the hottest months, despite recent hints by FIFA's top official that its ruling board - which chose the...
Qatar organizers say they're planning to hold the 2022 World Cup in the summer, although they are willing to host in the winter.
UEFA President Michel Platini prefers to play the tournament in the cooler winter months. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke says the executive committee could move the dates because of medical issues.
FIFA medical chief Michel D'Hooghe expressed...
Qatar organizers say they are pushing ahead with plans to stage the 2022 World Cup in the summer, though they are also willing to host the tournament in the winter.
UEFA President Michel Platini has led calls to play the tournament in the cooler winter months, with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke saying the executive committee could move the dates on medical advice.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed he will not stand for a fifth term as long as there is a suitable candidate to replace him.
Blatter, whose current mandate ends in 2015, has a vision to expand the game further and should he decide to quit both Michel Platini and Angel Villar are thought to be best placed to take over his role.
The 77-year-old was elected president of soccer...
FIFA have moved to clarify an interview with Sepp Blatter in which he suggested the vote to stage the 2022 World Cup could be re-run.
There has been speculation the tournament in nine years' time could be switched from summer to winter due to the oppressive heat in the Middle East at that time of year.
Spanish newspaper AS claim in an interview that Blatter admitted that would...
Qatari authorities are insisting that they will be able to hold the 2022 World Cup in the summer because they have the technology to combat the heat but are open to host the competition in the winter the FIFA wants.
Qatar got the rights after saying it plans to install air-cooling technology to ensure matches are played at optimal temperatures.
This comes after FIFA executive...
Kevin- Prince Boateng and FIFA boss Sepp Blatter
Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng spoke to FIFA on discrimination within the game of football.
Back on 3 January, during a mid-season friendly between Pro Patria and AC Milan, Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng and several team-mates became the target of racist chanting from a section of the home crowd.
Boateng wants the issue ot racism tackled heads-on
AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng believes that ethnic diversity amongst the most influential positions in the game will help eradicate racism from football.
The 26-year-old brought the issue of racism even further into the spotlight when he walked off the pitch during a friendly match against Italian side Pro Patria in January...