Premier League supremo Richard Scudamore has stated that it would be very difficult for the 2022 Qatar World Cup to be switched to the winter.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the chief executive described a potential change to later in the year as: "nigh on impossible."

His comments come after continued qualms over whether or not a football tournament can be played in the June heat of the Middle East.

Scudamore added, whilst being interviewed by Sky's Ed Chamberlain: "They've decided to hold the World Cup in the summer in Qatar and that's their decision.

"If that is deemed to be not possible, for whatever reasons FIFA decide and that is their decision not ours as to where they hold the World Cup, then they need to either move the location if it can't be held in the summer or we can't just on a whim decide to move it to winter, that's a very different issue."

"Where they award the summer World Cup to is entirely the FIFA executive committee's decision, entirely their decision, not our business."

It is believed that fans, as well as players, would suffer from the intense heat, and that proposed air-conditioned stadiums won't be enough to sustain a summer tournament.

Therefore a World Cup later in the year is a possibility, but it is one that would have enormous consequences for major leagues around the world.

"The international football calendar is one that has to be consulted through; it is not something FIFA can just decide because the whole of world football has an interest in that," argued the chief executive.

"There is a whole series of complications around that and that consultation process has to be a separate consultation process with leagues and associations on a global basis, not just the Premier League and European Leagues, to make sure it works for everybody."

Qatar won the right to host the tournament in December 2010, beating the likes of the United States and Australia in the bidding process. 

 

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