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Qatar 2022 World Cup will be staged in summer says Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has given a clear hint that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will not be moved to the winter.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Blatter said: “I think for the time being the matter is on ice. Everything is settled for summer”

He added that a delegation from Qatar had gone to Zurich to tell them the matches would be played in the summer months, when temperatures soar in the high 40s.

Blatter also claimed all games would be played inside Qatar, quashing suggestions by Uefa President Michel Platini that the load could be spread across other countries in the Gulf like the UAE.

He told the BBC: “Who said first that we should play in winter? It was Franz Beckenbauer, second Michel Platini and the world footballers’ union (Fifpro).

“I am not in favour of one or the other. What I did say, winter is not only January or February. I think for the time being the matter is on ice.”

The prospect of moving the tournament to the cooler winter months of January had been floated after concerns were raised about players and fans enduring extreme heat in the summer.

Qatar’s bid did include the prospect of air conditioned stadiums and fan parks.

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