Qatar: Fifa head joins call for winter World Cup

2013-07-18 00:00

GOING (Austria) — Fifa president Sepp Blatter emphasised yesterday that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would only be possible if it took place in winter, saying “where there’s a will there’s a way”.

“The World Cup should be a folk’s festival,” he said at Camp Beckenbauer in Going.

“Qatar is a small country, but if it’s supposed to be a folk’s festival, then the football cannot be played in the summer.”

Blatter, who for a long time was sceptical of having the football spectacle during the winter, said the Fifa executive committee is able to change the timing of the World Cup.

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