PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor labels Sepp Blatter's plans to move 2022 World Cup to winter 'too disruptive'

Fifa vice-president Thompson wants a "proper discussion"
PFA chief Gordon Taylor believes that Fifa should abandon any plans they may have to stage the 2022 World Cup in the winter - as he feels the move would be disruptive to European football.

Qatar were the surprise choice to host the 2022 competition and Taylor, who is also honorary president of the international players' union FIFPro, has warned Sepp Blatter that plans to host a winter World Cup would be unfair to fans.

"You have got to be careful you don't disenchant supporters," Taylor told reporters.

"International football is the icing on the cake and not the main ingredient and Fifa need to be very careful they do not upset that pattern.

"Our clubs' football so depends on it being a winter game so to suddenly have a World Cup in the winter would cause such big problems in Europe, Fifa's biggest confederation.

"If they move it to the winter it's going to be too disruptive."

Suggestions that Fifa are considering switching the tournement to winter has been met with widespread discontent.

The Asian confederation president, Mohamed Bin Hammam, has already told reporters that he is disappointed with Fifa's opinions on changing the 2022 World Cup from July to January - comments that Taylor echoed.

"I think it will be in Qatar's interest to make sure it's played in the summer and that they air-condition the stadiums as much as possible," the PFA chief added.

Another person to speak out about the controversial issue was England's Fifa vice-president Geoff Thompson, who believes that a winter world cup should only be considered after a proper discussion.

"It is disappointing to me that people are talking about moving the tournament when Qatar bid to stage it at a certain time," Thompson told reporters.

"It was never discussed at any [executive committee] meeting. At the end of the day, people are bidding for the World Cup at the appropriate time. The bidding document is clear about when it should be.

"We may believe that there is a risk but until we are presented with a medical report which shows clearly that people's health is at risk, until we get something concrete, then we shouldn't move it."

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