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Clubs set to okay winter 2022 World Cup

09 Sep 2013 19:46:54

Clubs set to okay winter 2022 World Cup

Europe's leading clubs are on Tuesday expected to accept that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have to be played in the winter - but only on the basis it is a "one-off".

The European Clubs' Association (ECA) will discuss the issue at a meeting in Geneva, and the organisation's senior vice-president Umberto Gandini has admitted that moving the tournament from the summer is "almost inevitable".

That will leave the Premier League's opposition to any move looking increasingly isolated with even new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke favouring a switch despite the disruption.

A winter World Cup would not only affect the 2022 season, but the Confederations Cup would also be in the winter the previous season and there would be knock-on effects to domestic leagues for the years either side of the World Cup.

FIFA will make a decision on moving the World Cup next month with president Sepp Blatter claiming it is "discrimination" to stipulate it can only be played in the summer.

The ECA, however, are likely to insist that their support for a switch depends on it being a one-off.

Gandini told Press Association Sport: "We have many individual opinions and league opinions, we do not have any ECA position yet as we will discuss this at the general assembly.

"Everything now is going to be moved by the FIFA executive committee decision in October.

"I have a personal opinion that it is almost inevitable. We will have to find a solution because it is very unlikely that you can play the World Cup in Qatar in the summer.

"Or maybe you can play it then but it will be impossible for fans to follow it so something will need to be addressed.


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