HONG KONG (AP) — The chief executive of the Premier League is concerned momentum is swinging in favor of moving the 2022 World Cup from summer to winter.
Richard Scudamore has long been a critic of such a switch, contending it would disrupt Europe's domestic soccer leagues. Now, he is more troubled than ever after a recent reversal by FIFA President Sepp Blatter on the timing of the Qatar tournament.
"Ultimately FIFA will decide, so of course one is worried," Scudamore said Thursday in Hong Kong, where the Premier League Asia Trophy is being held. "We're not silly. We're not stupid. We can see that that's the way the momentum is shifting."
Blatter said last week he planned to ask FIFA's executive committee to consider playing the tournament in the winter to avoid the searing summer heat in the Persian Gulf.
Despite health concerns in an official report before the World Cup vote, the executive committee in 2010 accepted the bid from the tiny emirate, where temperatures can hit 122 degrees during summer.