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Stoke chairman Coates: Winter World Cup is 'scandalous'

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has lashed out at the decision to host the 2022 World Cup over winter.

FIFA's task force have recommended that the tournament in Qatar in seven years' time should be moved from the usual time of June/July to November/December in order to avoid the expected scorching heat in the Middle East.

But Potters chief Coates agrees with plenty of other clubs and officials throughout the UK and Europe that the World Cup is not to be moved from its historic dates as it will completely overthrow the domestic seasons.

"I'm with (Premier League chief) Richard Scudamore," Coates told Sky Sports News HQ. "And everyone else and most of Europe.

"Certainly the professional clubs, we are hugely disappointed. We think our position hasn't been taken adequately into account.

"We were told one thing and they've done another. It's absolutely scandalous really.

"You have a bidding process and they tell you this is what is going to happen and they tell you it can be arranged, staged and done and then discover they can't do it and want to disrupt the whole of Europe, it's not just a British thing, it's a European thing, it's quite scandalous."

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