The 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar could take place in January or February to avoid the scorching temperatures of the summer there, FIFA Executive Committee member Franz Beckenbauer said.
The World Cups are traditionally held during the northern hemisphere's summer months after the end of the domestic league competitions.
Qatar said it would deploy climate-control technology to keep the temperature on the pitch to 27 degrees Celsius while outside it was a scorching 50 degrees. “One should think about a different solution,” Beckenbauer said. “In January or February you have a comfortable 25 degrees there. Plans for the biggest leagues would have to change for 2022 but that would not be a major undertaking. It would be an alternative to using climate control at great expense for stadiums and fanzones,” he added.
Acting FA chairman quits after debacle
London: Roger Burden, the acting Football Association chairman, will not take the job full-time in protest at the failed bid that left England's 2018 World Cup hopes in tatters with two votes. “I had applied for the position of chairman,” said Burden to the FA board, which was expected to anoint him permanently in the role once his name had been put forward at their Dec 22 meeting. “I recognise that an important part of the role is liaison with FIFA. I am not prepared to deal with people whom I cannot trust and I have withdrawn my candidacy. The role entails liaising with FIFA and I want nothing more to do with them.”