FIFA president Sepp Blatter has made the clearest indication yet that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be moved to winter or spring.
At present, the finals in nine years’ time will be staged during the Qatari summer in June and July which sees temperatures soar to above 40 degrees.
However, there have been calls to have the tournament shifted to winter or spring when it is much cooler to cater for players, coaches and fans alike with Blatter suggesting that will most likely be the case.
"I would be very much surprised, more than surprised, if the ExCo will not accept the principle you cannot play in summer in Qatar," Blatter said. "What will be following, this would be then decided later.
"Those that have taken the decision at the time, they knew there is problems with the heat. They knew it, because it was in the (technical) report.
"It was wrong to say, 'Now we have to play in summer,' because in summer you cannot play there.
"Therefore the ExCo now shall take the decision and they will take it that in summer you can't play in Qatar."