Euro clubs to meet FIFA over Qatar 2022 switch

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Representatives of European football clubs are to meet top officials from the sport’s governing body later this year to discuss switching the Qatar 2022 World Cup to winter.

The head of the European Club Association Michele Centenaro told reporters in Barcelona on Tuesday he would be one two representatives assigned to meetings with FIFA’s Qatar 2022 Task Force in September and November.

FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter has previously said that players, teams, leagues and media would be consulted over proposals to change the date of the tournament from summer, when temperatures in the Gulf state can reach 50 degrees Celsius, to the cooler winter months.

However, previously mooted plans to move the tournament to winter has irked Europe’s domestic leagues, as well as sports broadcasters, as this would mean it could clash with their fixture schedule.

Qatar was selected to hold the prestigious football tournament in 2010, beating off competition from Australia, South Korea and Japan to become the first Arab host nation.

The choice of Qatar has been controversial not only because of the weather, with numerous media reports also highlighting the often extremely poor labour conditions for the country’s sizeable foreign work force.

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