FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given his strongest indication to date that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be held in the winter, according to Sky Sports.
This news follows on from the FIFA secretary Jerome Valcke also suggesting that a winter World Cup would be necessary to avoid soaring temperatures.
Blatter is quoted as saying on Sky Sports: "In 2015 we will make a decision whether yes or no we play in summer or winter but the tendency is definitely it is too hot in summer so let's find a solution to play in winter."
Blatter was attending the Ballon d'Or ceremony on Tuesday night and watched on as Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded his second trophy for the world's greatest player.
The Premier League is often criticised for not having a winter break to allow players to rest effectively midway through the season.
Theo Walcott suffered a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur recently, which has ruled him out of the World Cup this summer in Brazil.
This has inevitably led for calls for the Premier League to follow suit from other major European leagues and have two weeks off around Christmas.
The most popular argument against the winter break is that football is for the fans and its the action packed festive period that excites audiences across the UK.
Perhaps if the Qatar World Cup is held in the winter in 2022 then the Premier League will be forced to adapt and give the teams time off to focus on the tournament.
Whatever the decision, it is sure to cause havoc with nations across the world as yearly schedules for matches will be forced to change for the biggest tournament in football.
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