Qatar 2022 World Cup: the most controversial ever?
8:09 AM EDT, Wed May 27, 2015
The most controversial World Cup ever just got a whole lot more controversial. ...
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When Manuel Neuer lifted the World Cup trophy after helping Germany win the 2014 final, he did so in the month of July. But when the 2022 World Cup final is staged, it's likely the final will take place in December.
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English Premier League boss Richard Scudamore isn't very happy about the proposed rescheduling of the 2022 World Cup. "Very disappointed that's the word, I think, on behalf of the all the European leagues and particularly the European clubs who provide most of the players for this World Cup," he said in a statement.
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A World Cup tournament in November and December presents particular problems for the English Premier League because, unlike Germany, France, Italy and Spain, it does not have a winter break.
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A "winter" World Cup will create a fixture headache for Europe's major tournaments -- the Champions League and the Europa League -- which stages group games in those winter months.
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However, European governing body UEFA, whose president is Michel Platini, issued a statement supporting the FIFA task force's recommendations.
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Players union FIFPro said a switch to the winter months is the only viable solution to protect the health and safety of the players who will be competing at the 2022 World Cup.
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But a World Cup in November and December is good news for the NFL, as it now won't clash with the Super Bowl. This year's final was staged on February 1.
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FIFA told CNN that the 2022 World Cup final would not be held on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
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A final decision on when the tournament will be staged will be made at a meeting of FIFA's executive committee between March 18 and 19.