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Dyke: Summer 2022 World Cup a no-go

22 Jul 2014 10:32:01

Dyke: Summer 2022 World Cup a no-go

FA chairman Greg Dyke told MPs he is 'certain' the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in the summer, insisting it is 'too dangerous' due to the high temperatures.

Dyke gave evidence to the Culture Media and Sport (CMS) select committee on Tuesday regarding the bidding process for the 2022 tournament, which has been plagued by allegations of corruption and bribery.

Concerns have been raised about the playing conditions in Qatar, where summer temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celsius.

Dyke said: "I am certain it won't happen in the summer.

"There is no chance it will be held in the summer of 2022 - the discussion is when else it will be held."

Dyke continued: "If you've been to Qatar in the summer you can hardly walk in the streets.

"The health and safety people say it wasn't safe and it certainly wouldn't be safe.

"Air-conditioned stadiums are one thing but fans moving around on the streets, in and out of stadiums - it will be too dangerous to have it there in the summer."

Dyke also called for widespread reform of FIFA but admits it is unlikely to occur while Sepp Blatter remains president.

"We think there's a limited amount of time people should sit on the FIFA executive," Dyke said.

"We voted in favour of that but most voted against it. It's that sort of reform that is needed to make sure we get proper turnover.

"Hopefully a new president coming in would take a look at the whole structure.

"A lot of the European FAs made it clear they didn't support Blatter but I'm afraid from the rest of the world he has overwhelming support.

"If he runs again he will win, but I think it's unlikely we at the FA would vote for him."


PA

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