FIFA recommends November-December for World Cup in Qatar

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Zurich:  The 2022 World Cup in Qatar should take place in November and December, a Fifa taskforce has recommended.

Key football officials met in Doha to discuss a number of options following fears a summer event would endanger the health of players and fans.

Summer temperatures in Qatar can exceed 40C while those in November-December drop to the mid-20s.

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Tuesday’s recommendation is expected to be ratified by Fifa’s executive committee in Zurich on 19 and 20 March.

Taskforce chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa also recommended that the 2022 tournament should be shortened by a few days.

But there are no plans to reduce the size of the tournament from 32 teams or 64 matches.

The news will upset some of Europe’s top leagues, who preferred an April-May option to minimise disruption to their own domestic programmes.

Peter Coates, chairman on English Premier League side Stoke City, described the situation as a “disaster”.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: “The only saving grace is that we don’t have to think about it for a long time.

“The planning will go on and it will be incredibly difficult. It couldn’t be more disruptive. It couldn’t be more messy.”

The other date under consideration was January-February, but that raised the prospect of a clash with the Winter Olympics.