FIFA has announced it is to begin a consultation process to discuss alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
There are fears the severe summer temperatures in the emirate could prove a health risk for players and fans.
The taskforce will consult with broadcasters, sponsors and influential football leagues.
Importantly, medical experts will be drafted to advise FIFA on any potential health risks.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, says it makes sense to engage a wide range of opinions:
“We cannot make a decision without consulting our partners. It is impossible, it is impossible. I don’t know what will be the outcome of this consultation, I don’t know the decision we will take, it will probably at the end of 2014.”
The alleged mistreatment of migrant workers working on construction projects for the tournament is also a thorny issue and Blatter said that he would meet with the new Emir and raise concerns.
The calls for Qatar to be stripped of the tournament are growing by the day. Many believe the bidding process to stage the event should be simply re-run between those who lost out to Qatar in December 2010, Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
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