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Qatar 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec 18, says Blatter

FIFA president said he is "against going to the 23rd"

Qatar 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec 18, says Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter. (AFP/Getty Images)

The World Cup final in Qatar in 2022 should be played no later than December 18, FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed at the weekend.

Blatter said when he arrived in Northern Ireland for this weekend's International Football Association Board meeting that he would propose that idea to the FIFA executive committee when it meets next month.

"The World Cup will not go on until the 23rd, definitely not, we have to stop at the 18th," Blatter told reporters. "I am against going to the 23rd."

FIFA's Task Force looking into the time of year the World Cup can be held in Qatar proposed on Tuesday last week holding the 2022 tournament in November and December due to the extreme heat in June and July when soccer's showpiece event usually takes place.

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Paul King 5 years ago

Blatter should have been removed from Fifa along time ago. Cancel Qatar 2022 and award the tournament to a football nation.