Ex-Chilean football head: 2022 WC matches could be played at night
The former Chilean football federation president considering running against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency proposed the idea of late start times for games at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to help avoid Qatar's extreme temperatures, according to a report from BBC Sport.
Under Harold Mayne-Nicholls' plan, the tournament could be staged in the summer. The world's soccer governing body is considering moving the cup to the Winter, even though that plan could present scheduling conflicts for professional leagues or the Winter Olympics.
"You could play the first games at 7pm, the second games at 10pm and the third matches at 1am," he told BBC Sport.
The selection of Qatar as 2022 host has been called into question for several reasons, including the country's extreme summer heat, mistreatment of migrant workers and alleged bribery during the bid process.
Mayne-Nichols previously headed the committee that inspected countries bidding for the 2022 World Cup. He cautioned that Qatar was a "high-risk" option.
Blatter said in September that he will run for a fifth term as FIFA's president.
- Chris Johnson