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FIFA Committee again defends it's backing of a winter World Cup in Qatar 2022

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee faces yet more criticism over their selection and the possibility of a Winter World Cup in nine years time. 

In a statement to the Associated Press, the Commitee stated:

“Football is the most popular sport in the Middle East and the people of our region deserve the opportunity to have history made in their part of the world. We are committed to delivering on the promises we made in our successful bid. We are ready to host in summer or winter.”

“We have always maintained that this issue requires the agreement of the international football community. A decision to alter the dates of the 2022 FIFA World Cup would not affect our infrastructure planning.”

As it stands, the decision on whether the 2022 World Cup will be played in Winter will be discussed fully in early October.

In the meantime they are facing stiff opposition from most of Europe's major leagues, the Premier League being on of the most staunch opposers. They claim that a winter tournament would not only disrupt the calender for that season, but the seasons before and after, effectively meaning three years of disruption for the world's most popular football league.

But members of FIFA insist that given the nine year timeline to adress what will undoubtedly be serious issues, should the change be made, there is no reason why it shouldn't go ahead.

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