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Blatter Expects Winter World Cup For Qatar In 2022

posted 13 Jan 2014, 13:59 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 13 Jan 2014, 14:00 ]

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says consultations for the 2022 World Cup will be completed this year so dates can be confirmed when the 2022 World Cup in Qatarwill be played.

ZURICHSWITZERLAND (JANUARY 13, 2014) (REUTERS) -  FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that the solution for the 2022 World Cup would be to play it in the winter, but not to continue it into January of 2023.

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Speaking after arriving at the FIFA 2013 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in Zurich,Switzerland on Monday (January 13), Blatter was responding to questions about FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke's statement on French radio last Wednesday (January 8) that he thought the Qatar World Cup would happen between November 30 and January 15.

"We are making now all these consultations and they will be finished at the end of 2014 so in 2015 we can make a decision if yes or not we will play in summer or in winter. The tendency is definitely that it's too hot in summer, let's find the solution to play in winter. But in the same year, not in January of the next year," said Blatter.

Many of the world's top players and coaches were present at the awards which is one of the most prestigious in world soccer.