EPL chief executive: Qatar World Cup should be played in summer

English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says he believes the 2022 World Cup, set to be held in Qatar, should be played sometime between May and August.
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English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says he believes the 2022 World Cup, set to be held in Qatar, should be played sometime between May and August.

Comments from soccer officials have indicated the tournament could be moved to the winter due to the region's extreme summer heat, even though such a move would cause scheduling conflicts with domestic leagues, including the Premier League, which runs from August to May.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that he prefers that the cup be played in November and December, citing the Winter Olympics. From the BBC:

"We cannot play the World Cup in summer," said Blatter. "The date which is the most convenient is the end of the year because to play at the beginning of 2022 is when the Winter Olympics take place."

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues, which includes the Premier League, is adamant that the tournament played in the "summer period."

Meanwhile, World Cup Supreme Committee secretary general Hassan Al-Thawadi said in an interview with the Associated Press that hosting the tournament in the summer was not discussed as a viable option at a recent FIFA meeting and described the climate in November as "fantastic."

"The question of actually hosting it in the summer was not on the table," Al Thawadi said. "Amongst all those different recommendations that we were provided, I expressed my preference that the winter is the ideal time."

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Thawadi also said that staging the month-long cup in April and May is "just too close" to the month of Ramadan fasting.

On Thursday, FIFA released a 42-page summary of an investigatory report into potential corruption in the bidding process for the Qatar and Russia (2018) tournaments. 

FIFA found that the hosting rights of Qatar and Russia are not in danger and said that its investigation into the two World Cup bids is closed, despite independent investigator Michael Garcia's insistence that the published summary of his report contains "incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts." 

- Chris Johnson