FIFA president Sepp Blatter has stated that the 2022 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in the winter in Qatar owing to the climatic conditions in Qatar must end on or before the 18th of December.
A special taskforce had decided that a winter world cup would best serve the players and the fans in 2022 as weather conditions in the summer were deemed too extreme. European clubs had bemoaned the winter scheduling of the world cup claiming that their footballing calendars would be disrupted by an international tournament in November and December. Debates had come up concerning the tournament ending on the 23rd of December but Blatter has negated the notion claiming the date would be too inconvenient. “We have to stop at the 18th,” said Blatter. “The World Cup will not go on until the 23rd, definitely not.” Blatter told reporters on earlier. Blatter however agreed with Preseidential elections opponent, Luis Figo and UEFA president Michel Platini when he stated that there would have to be some compromise on everyone’s part to make the 2022 winter World cup work.
FIFA are set to ratify the winter as the best time for the Qatar 2022 world cup in their next executive cancel meeting.