Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/2/13
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has confirmed that playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the winter is a possibility. Valcke said the request to move the timing of the finals must come from the hosts Qatar - unless FIFA's executive committee decides that the medical risks of playing the tournament in the extreme heat of June are too great. Temperatures in Qatar can exceed 104 degrees in June. UEFA president Michel Platini has reiterated his call to move the Qatar tournament to winter, but his counterpart at the CONCACAF federation of countries in north and central America and the Caribbean insists it should remain in the summer. Valcke said the fact the international calendar had not been fixed beyond 2018 made moving the 2022 finals possible, but that it would need the agreement of all of football - and so far the Premier League have been fiercely opposed to any interruption of the domestic season. Speaking in Edinburgh after the International FA Board meeting, Valcke...
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