New FA Chairman, Greg Dyke

A summer World Cup in Qatar in 2022 would be “impossible”, says Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.
Dyke, who took up his FA role last month, thinks the tournament is likely to move to winter because of the heat, reports the BBC.
The Premier League opposes a change of dates, while Dyke’s predecessor David Bernstein said in June that any switch would be “fundamentally flawed”.
But Qatar’s World Cup organising committee says it is ready to host the tournament in summer.
“Even if all the stadia are air-conditioned, I think it will be impossible for the fans,” Dyke said.
“I personally believe that the domestic league season should remain more or less the way it is now, running from August to May.
“I think football is a winter game, that the public greatly enjoy their football through the winter and that we should think very carefully before we take football away from the public in the winter.”
David Bernstein, then-FA chairman, arguing against moving the World Cup on 7 June
“Just go out there and wander around in that sort of heat. I just don’t think it’s possible.
“My position, and I suspect the FA’s position, will be: ‘You can’t play it in the summer.'”
The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee told BBC Sport in a statement: “It was the right decision to award the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time in 2022.
“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.”
The Premier League is understood to be surprised and disappointed by Dyke’s comments, as it wishes to join forces with the FA in opposing a change of date.
Richard Scudamore, the Premier League chief executive, said in July that switching the Qatar World Cup to winter would cause chaos  for football leagues around the world.
His organisation believes such a change would have an impact on the three domestic seasons around the tournament – most notably 2021-22 – affecting broadcast deals and requiring every player’s contract to be rewritten.
In 2010 Qatar defeated bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States to be awarded the 2022 World Cup.
The bid has been plagued by allegations of corruption, although organisers have always insisted they did nothing wrong.
Temperatures in the Middle East state can reach 50C in the summer, and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke admitted in March that the tournament might be moved.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in May it was “not rational” to play in such heat.
But shortly before stepping down as FA chairman, Bernstein said there should be no change.


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