Asian leader wants Europe to push for winter WCup

An Asian Football Confederation presidential candidate says

European soccer leaders should ask FIFA to move the 2022 World Cup

in Qatar to cooler winter months.

Yousuf al-Serkal tells The Associated Press that ”people in

charge of European clubs” and ”major football federations”

should work with FIFA about the switch, ”and not wait for the

person to be elected at AFC” to provoke debate.

Al-Serkal, who met FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Wednesday,

says a decision ”has to be taken sooner rather than later” as

”players will not perform at the best level” in the desert heat

in June and July.

The United Arab Emirates Football Association president is

competing against Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain

and Worawi Makudi of Thailand in the May 2 election.