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The Premier League should back winter World Cup

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Fifa vice-president Jim O'Brien has pleaded with Premier League officials to offer their support to a winter World Cup in 2022.

O'Brien's comments come after FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted that awarding their show-piece event to Qatar may have been a mistake.

Sweltering summer heat in the gulf nation of Qatar would make staging the World Cup in it's usual summer spot almost impossible.

Switching the event to a winter time slot would be a major disruption to the Premier League, and as a result, Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has refused to give the move his backing, although talks could be imminent.

O'Brien has continued to urge Scudamore to think again, telling Sky Sports: "I would appeal to the Premier League that in the interests of football, they work with FIFA and all the other European associations to try and ensure that this World Cup is played at the right time.

"I'm glad to see that there does now appear to be a willingness to sit down and talk about it."

Unlike Scudamore and his Premier League colleagues, the European Clubs' Association (ECA) have backed the move, putting pressure on him to re-think his stance.

Qatar fended off competition from much more recognised footballing nations such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and the USA to win the right to host the event, but in an embarrassing admission, O'Brien has said some delegates may have been unaware of the climate.

"I think perhaps FIFA were caught in a bit of a trap. They found out that this was going to be in severe heat. Hindsight is a wonderful thing," he said.


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