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FIFA cool winter Cup talk

FIFA has insisted no decision has been taken on moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter despite the organisation's secretary general Jerome Valcke stating that the tournament "will not be in June or July".

Valcke says it is likely to be held some time between November 15 and January 15, but he may have jumped the gun – FIFA insist it is just his personal view – but it now looks certain to be in the winter of 2022 with November the most likely date.

He has been in close contact with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, and has agreed to avoid any clash with Christmas fixtures. He also needs to avoid the winter Olympics in the February.

FIFA said in a statement: "The precise event date is still subject to an ongoing consultation process which involves all main event stakeholders.

"No decision will be taken before the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil as agreed by the FIFA executive committee."

Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce said he was "totally surprised" by Valcke's disclosure.


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