UEFA countries ‘support 2022 World Cup move’

AFP, LONDON

Fri, Sep 20, 2013 - Page 20

The member countries of European soccer’s governing body UEFA support moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to a different time of year, FIFA vice president Jim Boyce revealed yesterday.

Representatives from the member associations discussed the proposals during a meeting in Croatia.

However, Boyce says that UEFA’s members want world governing body FIFA to speak to the game’s main stakeholders over when exactly the tournament should take place before announcing any alternative dates.

“What has come out of this meeting is an agreement by the UEFA countries that the World Cup cannot be played in Qatar in the summer. Everyone agreed on that,” Boyce told Sky Sports News.

“But we don’t want FIFA to make a decision yet about when exactly it will be played. We still have nine years to go and we think FIFA needs to help find a solution that will not cause too much disruption,” he said.