Boyce: FIFA should delay WC call

03 October 2013 12:01

Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce believes the world governing body should delay any detailed decision on moving the 2022 World Cup until there has been full consultation with the game's stakeholders.

FIFA's executive committee is due to start a two-day meeting in Zurich with the issue of the 2022 tournament in Qatar likely to be dealt with on Friday.

Boyce, from Northern Ireland, is prepared to back a decision in principle to move the World Cup to the winter to avoid the summer heat in Qatar but thinks it is too early to decide on the exact timing.

He told Press Association Sport: "I wouldn't object to taking a decision on moving it in principle - I think nearly everybody is agreed on that.

"But I don't think we can make any decision on the exact timing - should it be in November, January or whenever - until we have got everyone in the game around the table to find a solution."

UEFA's 54 member associations have already backed the principle of playing in winter, a proposal championed by the European body's president Michel Platini, a FIFA vice-president.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is expected to ask the executive committee to agree to move the tournament in principle.

But Platini has said he was more concerned with dealing with the findings of an investigation last week which uncovered appalling treatment of migrant workers in Qatar.

He said: "I'm much more concerned about that than the discussion about summer and winter.

"There will be no decision. It is impossible. We must wait to see what proposal president Blatter will bring to the executive committee."

Source: PA