English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has insisted that switching the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to the winter months would be “nigh on impossible”.
Ahead of the launch of the new domestic season on Saturday, Scudamore reiterated the league’s opposition to growing calls for the tournament to be shifted from its traditional summer slot due to the stifling heat. New Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said last week that it would be “impossible” for Qatar to host the tournament in the summer because of the searing temperatures and called on FIFA to either find a new host for the 2022 tournament or switch it to the winter.
“At the end of the day, FIFA made a decision which is for none of us to comment on,” Scudamore said. “They decided the World Cup will be in the summer in Qatar. Our view is, if that is deemed not possible by FIFA, they need to move the location. We can’t just, on a whim, decide to move to the winter. It’s extremely difficult, nigh on impossible in our view.”
He added to Sky Sports News: “Where they award the World Cup to is a FIFA executive committee decision and not our business, but the international football calendar has to be consulted. FIFA can’t just decide. There’s a whole series of complications and consultation has to be separate with leagues on a global basis, to make sure it works for everyone before a decision is made.”