Britain’s FIFA vice-president Boyle backs winter Qatar World Cup

Jim Boyce, Britain’s FIFA vice-president, has backed a winter World Cup for Qatar 2022.

Jim Boyce, Britain’s FIFA vice-president, has backed a winter World Cup for Qatar 2022.

With June and July temperatures in Qatar set to soar to the mid-40s, many have called for the tournament to be moved to January and Northern Irishman Boyce says that notion is one which should be supported by European associations despite it not being traditional.

"I was not part of the process that gave the World Cup to Qatar, but my feeling is that common sense should prevail,” he told Sky Sports News.

"The World Cup is the greatest event in football and from a spectator point of view it has to be played at a time of year when people can enjoy it in comfort.

"People I know who live in Qatar say it would be very uncomfortable for the fans. There is also a medical and health concern for both players and spectators and if it is going to be safer to play it in January instead of July then I would be in favour of that."

Boyce added that the Premier League should get behind this idea as having a winter break for one year would not ruin the spectacle of the English game.

"Many other countries already have a winter break so for them it should not be too problematic,” he added.

"England is probably the main country where there is no winter break but I believe that even there if they are given enough notice then for just one season it should be possible."

 
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