Football: World Cup will not be staged in Qatar summer, says FA chairman

Football: World Cup will not be staged in Qatar summer, says FA chairman
Chairman of the English Football Association Greg Dyke addresses delegates at the Leaders Sport Summit in west London on Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013.

LONDON - Less than a week after Fifa set up a task force to look into when the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar can be held, English FA chairman Greg Dyke said it will never take place in the searing heat of the Middle East summer.

Dyke has no jurisdiction on when the World Cup will be held as the FA do not have a seat on Fifa's executive committee.

But he told delegates at the Leaders in Football that "anyone who has ever been to Qatar in the summer knows you cannot hold a football tournament there".

"Even if you have air-conditioned stadiums, what about the fans ? At big tournaments you can queue for an hour to get in. To queue for an hour in Qatar in the summer is very dangerous," he said.

"The one thing that is certain now, is that the tournament will not be held in Qatar in the summer. And we should all welcome that.

"Now the discussion starts about when it should be held assuming it stays in Qatar and I think we can probably assume it will."

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