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.