PLAYERS DEMAND WINTER QATAR 2022

FIFPro believes the 2022 Qatar World Cup should be held in winter instead of the red hot summer of the Middle East.

The world players’ union is concerned about the effects of high temperatures on the players out on the pitch.

Tijs Tummers, FIFPro technical committee secretary, said: "It’s not sensible to award a World Cup in the summer to a country with an average temperature of 41C in June and July, a midday temperature of 50C and above all, extremely high humidity.

"Tourists are advised not to travel to Qatar in the summer months. Inhabitants of Qatar leave the country en masse during this period.

"The summer months in Qatar also do not provide suitable conditions for a festival of football such as the World Cup should be, including for the supporters."

Initially, FIFA was initially against the switch but following recent comments by FIFA president Sepp Blatter and general secretary Jerome Valcke it appears a change could be possible.

Qatar has guaranteed temperatures inside stadiums and at training centres will be reduced to 27C by air-conditioning but there are environmental sustainability and reliability concerns.

"We will of course have to take a careful look at the international match calendar, but FIFPro does not foresee any insurmountable problems in this regard," added Tummers.

"Space will have to be made for the tournament, even though many countries already have a winter break. If you look at what happened last weekend with weather problems in Europe because of heavy snowfall, you could see this as an advantage rather than as a problem."

Posted on 21/12/2010