FIFA open to Qatar 2022 World Cup moving to winter

FIFA’s top administrator is open to moving the 2022 World Cup in

Qatar to winter if medical evidence showed that matches in the

intense summer heat would be dangerous for players’ health.

FIFA has previously insisted that Qatar would have to make the

request to move the tournament, while the tiny emirate has placed

responsibility on world football’s governing body.

In a sign that the impasse could be ending, FIFA General

Secretary Jerome Valcke says the executive committee could decide

on the shift to winter.

Valcke says ”maybe the FIFA ex-co will say based on medical

report or whatever we really have to look at playing the World Cup

not in summer but in winter.”

Temperatures in Qatar exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees

Fahrenheit) in June.