Washington, Oct 5 (ANI): FIFA president Sepp Blatter said that no decision will be made over a possible shift in the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar until the 2014 Rio World Cup.
According to CNN, Blatter stated via his official Twitter account that FIFA's executive committee has decided to launch a consultation process among main stakeholders for Qatar 2022 dates to look into the scheduling issues over the 2022 event following controversy around plans to stage the tournament in the intense summer heat in Qatar.
The report mentioned that a delay in announcing a decision on changing the dates for the 2022 event would give more time to FIFA to consult on the issue with key stakeholders like players, clubs, national football associations and TV broadcasters who pay big sums for the rights to the games.
Blatter further said that the delay would also mean that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil can be played without fears of the Qatar 2022 issue overshadowing the event, although he insisted that there is no possibility of taking the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar. (ANI)