Fifa in dispute over Qatar World Cup

Confusion continues to reign over the 2022 Qatar World Cup after Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce rubbished earlier claims from secretary general Jerome Valcke that the competition would be moved to winter, reports. Long-standing fears over soaring temperatures in the country have prompted debate over the ideal date for the tournament, with Valcke confirming on Wednesday that a summer competition was impractical. However, a short while after Valcke’s claims, Boyce and a statement from the governing body rubbished any suggestion that a decision had been made. He told Sky Sports News: “I am totally and completely shocked. Absolutely 100% it has not been decided as far as the Executive Committee are concerned.  (…) The decision, as far as I understand, would not be taken until the end of 2014, or the March executive meeting in 2015, and that’s the position as I understand it today. Whether Jerome was making a personal opinion or not I just don’t know, but I can honestly confirm that this has not been discussed with the Executive Committee of Fifa.” A Fifa statement added: “The precise event date is still subject to an ongoing consultation process.”

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