World football governing body FIFA is close to a deal with the UK Premier League to switch 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar to a winter date, it was reported
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, who is leading a review on the moving of the tournament to a winter 2022 date, confirmed he was close to a deal with the British football league, The Telegraph newspaper reported.
Meetings between Valcke and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore and Football Association general secretary Alex Horne began last month.
“I can tell you that, with the Premier League, we are close to an understanding,” Valcke said.
Earlier this month, FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out a January-February 2023 World Cup and said the only alternative to a summer tournament would be November-December in 2022.
"In January, February, these are the Olympic Winter Games," he said.
"It's out of the respect to the Olympic organisation, the Olympic family..secondly, we have together with the Olympic, the IOC, practically the same media, television and marketing partners and we cannot have two competitions in the same time."
"It is logical to play this competition at the end of the year," he added. "At the end of the year, it will be November-December. I don't know exactly the dates, but could be from 10th to 10th whatever."
Blatter has repeatedly said he no longer supports hosting the tournament in Qatar’s summer, when temperatures can reach 50 degrees.
European championships have objected to a move to a winter date, claiming it would interrupt their domestic seasons.
The new chairman of the Football Association in England said this summer hosting a summer World Cup in Qatar would be "impossible".
Days later, Europe's five biggest football leagues backed a letter from the European Professional Football Leagues chairman to FIFA that protests against moving the tournament to winter.
Valcke said his aimed to finish his review and have a final decision on the matter in place by December 2014 or, March 2015 at the latest, the report said.