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UEFA choice was in late December

UEFA's chief of press Pedro Pinto (inset) confirmed the European body wanted December 23 as the final after its initial preference for January was rejected.

He said in a statement: "UEFA and its national associations had initially preferred for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in January.

"However, once the FIFA task force recommended to stage the competition from late November to late December 2022, UEFA suggested that an option could be for the final to be played on 23 December.

"The details of the calendar and various options will now be discussed at the next FIFA executive committee meeting on March 19/20. "