Global Sports : Qatar Dates On FIFA Agenda

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FIFA’s top executives will meet to finalise the dates for the Qatar 2022 World Cup on Thursday afternoon.
The executive committee of world football’s governing body, led by its president Sepp Blatter, will formalise plans to stage the competition from mid-November until December.
An official announcement is expected by Friday ahead of a news conference, with Blatter, at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.
“It is a very sensible solution to play in November and December. ” FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce told Sky Sports News HQ.
“The final should be no later than December 18. I understand that some leagues, especially the Premier League, are concerned but this is a one-off, it’s for one year, I don’t see a major problem. If the final is played on the date we are talking about, the Christmas programme could resume as normal. I would hope that common sense will prevail.”
Informal talks have been held by FIFA’s top officials, including Michel Platini, in Zurich since Tuesday night and the UEFA president led brief formal discussions yesterday.
Russia 2018 was the main focus of a World Cup organising committee meeting on Wednesday night, and Qatar 2022 will take centre stage later today.
Boyce, who was not a member of FIFA’s executive committee in 2010 and did not vote, admits re-scheduling of the showpiece tournament has been “embarrassing” to FIFA.
“It has (been).” said Boyce. “The last four years have been difficult. But I have seen the amount of money that has been reinvested by FIFA in countries in the world that wouldn’t have the infrastructure, or facilities, without the (FIFA) money.
“There are a lot of good people here at FIFA. Over the last four years there have been big changes. I would like to think we have a FIFA now that is much more transparent.”
Leagues around Europe have been critical about the prospect of a winter World Cup as it would disrupt many domestic seasons.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore had previously stated he felt “let down” by the suggestion of a December final, a sentiment shared by the European Club Association.
But Michel Platini refuted those claims to Sky Sports News HQ.
“We will have players in good condition,” the UEFA president commented when talking about the benefits of a winter tournament. “Normally, that means the football will be better in December than in June.”
Sky Sports News will be in Zurich all week with the latest news from FIFA’s World Cup meetings.

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