Jim Boyce wants Premier League to back 2022 winter World Cup
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Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce has called on the Premier League to drop its opposition to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being switched to winter.
Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, said he is determined to move the tournament to avoid the intense summer heat.
But the Premier League is opposed to a move as it would cause major disruptions to the fixture calendar.
"A sensible decision has to be made," Boyce told the BBC. "I would appeal to people in the Premier League."
Medical evidence highlighted the dangers of playing games in temperatures that average 40C in June and can reach 50C. The heat dips to an average of 20C during the winter months.
Qatar said it would play games in air-conditioned stadiums, but that will only resolve the problem in venues.
Boyce said: "I know Qatar has said they will air-condition the stadiums and I'm sure they will be fantastic but you have to be realistic.
"You're taking thousands of people, who want to see and enjoy a World Cup, but in temperatures exceeding 50 degrees, that would not be comfortable or healthy for all of those people.
"Probably the main objectors at the moment are the Premier League and I can understand why because there's a lot of money involved.
"But from a common sense and especially a health point of view, (a winter World Cup) is something I would dearly love to see and I would hope that people would sit down and try to sort it out."
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is worried that momentum is shifting in favour of a winter World Cup but insists he will continue to fight the proposal.
"Ultimately Fifa will decide, so of course one is worried," he said. "We're not silly, we're not stupid, we can see that that's the way the momentum is shifting.
"They can't really just decide to shift it by six months. Everybody's running a tight calendar.
"To suddenly change it all around is very impractical and in my view won't work and it shouldn't be allowed to work."
if they cant do it for whatever reason then the BID SHOULD BE DISCOUNTED, NEW VOTE NEEDED,
iMAGINE if a building firm had a bid accepted for a single lane bypass around the SOUTH of a town and then suddenly decided to build a dual carriageway to the NORTH.
It's clearly all wrong
Guess they just didn't pay enough.
But then, money talks and conscience walks in this game
Why give it to Qatar based on a summer tournament and then say that its not possible to do it in the summer? What about the other bidders who could meet that requirement?
I guess you'll have to take it off Qatar and give it to one of them.
OK, how about:
Some have suggested that the super-rich oil nation of Qatar somehow engineered the award of the World Cup through nefarious means. Whilst there is no evidence of this, many knowledgable fans throughout the world who have witnessed recent scandals in FIFA seem to hold that view.
The decision to allow Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup in the height of summer where temperatures regularly exceed 50 C was clearly unsafe and unhealthy - you need to consider the players and the spectators travelling to Qatar.
Zero footballing history or culture, no experience in holding big events and stupidly high summer temperatures. And what about the sale of alcohol to fans and the issues raised should Israel qualify.
Without doubt one of the most stupid and corrupt decisions. I doubt Blatter cares though, he'll be gone by the time this farce occurs.
Then a new bidding process should begin - if FIFA wish to host in Winter 2022 get permission from leagues first, then start the bidding on that basis. Qatar can choose to bid if they wish to.
It sounds great!
All that's missing is gender equality, religious tolerance, democratic government, a sporting culture, and a climate that you can play football in without putting players and supporters health in serious risk
Also the population of Qatar is about 1.8m in an area the size of the Falklands, Fifa say 1.4m people travelled to South Africa, where are they gonna put them?
*people in this context does not include women, homosexual or those without loads or cash
1. If Premier League keep playing while a World cup is on, no one will be watching the Premier League."
Nonsense Bobby. It's an utterly farcical decision to hold the WC in Qatar and one that betrayed the interests of the beautiful game. I for one would love to see a European league revolt.