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Premier league chief criticises winter world cup plans

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English Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore on Thursday reiterated his strong opposition to 2022 Qatar World Cup being moved to the winter months.

Scudamore lashed out at governing body FIFA whilst in Hong Kong, where players from three Premier League clubs – Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland took part in a community development programme.

Scudamore said: “We just think it’s absolute chaos for the football calendar. The World Cup is in the summer, and the World Cup was voted for by the executive committee, they must have had full knowledge of what they were deciding. And then all of a sudden, the chaos it would cause, and not just England, the European calendar specifically, but the world calendar.

‘‘The world calendar is organised around knowing that’s when the World Cup is and it’s not a simple matter just to just suddenly change all these things around.”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is determined to switch to a winter world cup due to the intense summer heat in Qatar where temperatures average 40 degrees celsius, but can hit 50.

Blatter was originally in favour of a summer tournament but had a change of heart following medical information on the effects of the heat on the players.