Fifa calls on Premier League to drop Qatar switch opposition

Frank Dalleres
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BRITAIN’S top football official has urged the Premier League to be “sensible” and drop its opposition to switching the 2022 World Cup from summer to winter.

Jim Boyce, vice-president of world governing body Fifa, argues that spectator safety and comfort should be the deciding factor in the long-running row.

“I would appeal to people in the Premier League,” said the Northern Irishman. “Thousands of people, who want to see and enjoy a World Cup, in temperatures exceeding 50C – that would not be comfortable or healthy for all of those people.”

Fifa president Sepp Blatter is in favour of a winter switch and has asked his executive committee to vote on the matter in October.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said he was “worried” that “momentum is shifting” towards a move and a major shake-up of the calendar.