Compromise will have to be made for 2022 Qatar World Cup – Richards

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards believes there will still be a compromise regarding the time of year when the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be played.

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards believes there will still be a compromise regarding the time of year when the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be played.

As the debate rages on as to if it should be a summer or winter tournament, Richards suggests a final decision will be made over the coming few years when top leagues in Europe can come to some sort of concession about halting their seasons during winter as to avoid the scorching temperatures in Qatar during summer which kicks off in June.

"I think they will play (the World Cup) at a time that is proper for football but they will have to speak to the leagues in Europe,” he told Sky Sports News.

"They will have to agree proper times when we can start and finish.

"At the moment it has a tremendous amount of implications for Europe. For us, at this minute, the answer is no.

"But, if we take a proper view, we have to find a way to have a winter spell where we don't play and I think common sense will prevail.

"We've got FIFA now saying that medical people are saying that they can't play in Qatar in the summer because of the heat, which is probably right.

"I think over the next few years, things will change and they will come to a compromise."

 
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