European football associations urge FIFA not to rush `2022 World Cup moving` decision

London, Sept 11 (ANI): European football clubs have reportedly urged FIFA President Sepp Blatter not to make any rash decisions over a possible moving of the 2022 World Cup, although many remain open to the possibility of a winter switch.

The staging of the tournament in 50 degrees Celsius heat in Qatar, which won the hosting rights, has been widely debated, with Blatter recently admitting that it may have been a mistake to hand the tournament to the Gulf country.

However, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that even though they agree with Blatter that a move to the winter is feasible, the process should not be hurried as there are still nine more years to go for the tournament to be held, the Daily Express reports.

Rummenigge also said that the ECA would have to be careful in terms of how much a change from summer to a different time would impact on their business, adding that they want guarantees that they are involved in the decision-making process.

Agreeing with Rummenigge, the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) have also demanded that the FIFA take its time in coming to a decision on the issue, although they are fiercely opposed to the idea of having a winter World Cup

According to a statement, the EPFL said that they are of a view that no hasty decisions should be made, adding that an important decision like this cannot be rushed with artificial deadlines. (ANI)

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