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Blatter adamant over date for World Cup final

FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final to be played no later than December 18, reports Sky Sports. FIFA's Task Force looking into the time of year the World Cup can be held in Qatar proposed on Tuesday holding the 2022 tournament in November and December due to the extreme heat in June and July when football's showpiece event usually takes place.

It had been proposed that the final could take place as late as 23 December.

"The World Cup will not go on until the 23rd, definitely not, we have to stop at the 18th," Blatter said. "I am against going to the 23rd."

World Cup finals are traditionally played on a Sunday - which 18 December 2022 is. The date is also Qatar's national day.

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