Phillipe Piat – Vice-president of World soccer’s players’ union FIFPro – said on Tuesday it’s members will boycott the 2022 World Cup if it’s played in Qatar’s blistering summer heat.
Frenchman Piat – who is set to become president of the union after next week’s elections as he’s the sole candidate – also said FIFPro had warned FIFA of their position.
He said: “So we, the international union, have taken a stand to warn FIFA, and to keep UEFA informed also, that we will not play during the summer in Qatar. We leave it up to the sports authorities to decide whether they change Qatar (the venue) or play in winter, that is their problem. But we will not play in the summer in Qatar.”
Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup at the expense of rival
bids from the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea.
But ever since, concerns have been raised over the safety of the players competing in temperatures that could reach 50 degrees celcius.
Following widespread criticism over the hosting of the event in the summer football’s world governing body FIFA has set up a consultation process to decide when the tournament should be played.