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No 'changes' to 2022 SWC

2010-12-07 09:00

Paris - FIFA is not considering changing when the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar is played despite fears the intense heat poses a serious health risk if the tournament is played in summer.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Monday that he accepts "worries about the heat are legitimate" but adds that the intention remains "to play this World Cup in June."

Before the World Cup vote, FIFA's technical report labeled Qatar's heat a "potential health risk."

Despite average summer temperatures hovering at 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) and peaking near 50 (120), Valcke says this will "never be at the detriment of the players or fans."

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Comments
  • grandpaedison - 2010-12-07 09:49

    FIFA does not actually give a damn anyway. As long as they get their bucks they are happy. A more dishonest bunch of nit-wits there does not exist!!

  • Will99 - 2010-12-07 10:10

    These world sports orgs are just a bunch of fruit bats! They are all the same, all gold diggers!

  • Gorilla - 2010-12-07 10:27

    Why would they change their minds? the money is already in the bank...

  • mellisam@24.com - 2010-12-07 10:44

    ja, till something happens to one of the players due to the heat..... SELFISH

  • cslyoda - 2010-12-07 11:36

    Absolut crazyiness... my parents live there and it gets HOT. Have seen pics of the car temp meter @ 56 deg celsius. I have been there in winter and it HOT. Gonna have to build indoor fileds then if thats gonna happen in June

  • yeldarb - 2010-12-07 12:51

    good luck to Russia and Quatar . Give the world cup to countries who have not had it. Heat, snow blahblahbalh whatever The will make a plan . Spread Soccer .South Africa enjoyed.

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