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European clubs 'open' to winter World Cup

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Europe's top clubs are "open" to the idea of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being held in winter, according to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The chairman of the European Club Association - which represents the continent's leading clubs - was commenting on FIFA president Sepp Blatter's call for the tournament to be moved because of concern over how players would cope in the summer heat.

Since Qatar were awarded the tournament in 2010 there have been concerns over the scorching temperatures that are a regular feature of the Arab country's summers.

And it now seems a winter tournament is the only solution.

"We're not in a hurry, there are still nine years to go," said Rummenigge.

"The feeling is it is probably better to play it in winter."

Blatter will present the idea of a winter World Cup to FIFA's executive committee next month,  who will then decide whether to advance with the idea.

Blatter said yesterday that mistakes had been made in the process of awarding Qatar the tournament, admitting it should always have been clear it would have to be staged in the European winter.

The Qatar bid was based around the principle that it would be played, as usual, in summer.

"Having the World Cup in Qatar is not a mistake," added Rummenigge.

"We are requesting a solution which in the end is not affecting too much of our business.

"After visiting Qatar at our last general assembly we had a good feeling about the organisation of a World Cup there."

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