By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey
Friday 7 January 2011 14:40, UK
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he expects the 2022 World Cup to be staged in the winter.
Fifa president admits Qatar finals are likely to be moved
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he expects the 2022 World Cup to be staged in the winter rather than the summer.
Ever since Qatar was awarded the finals for 2022, many have questioned the feasibility of playing football in the Middle East during the summer, due to the soaring temperatures.
Now Blatter has admitted that he expects the finals to be moved from its usual summer date to the winter.
"I expect it will be held in the winter," said Blatter, who was speaking from Qatar ahead of the Asian Cup which begins on Friday.
"We have time to look at this question, it is still 11 years away but we must decide the most adequate period for a successful world cup which means January or the end of the year.
"Do not forget there is still 11 years to go and although we have
the basic conditions of their bid for a June and July World Cup, the Fifa executive committee is entitled to change anything that was in the bid.
"When you play football you have to protect the main people, the players."