Baltter moves to quell Qatar 2022 speculation

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has moved to quash uncertainty surrounding the potential date for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Following the surprise selection of the Middle Eastern nation to host the tournament commentators have speculated the event may have to be moved to the winter to ensure the safety of players.

Temperatures in the region can pass 40°C during the summer months.

However, in an interview with the BBC to be broadcast later, Blatter has unequivocally states he expects the tournament to be held in its traditional summer time slot.

“Everything is settled now for summer and with all 64 matches in the territory of Qatar,” he said.

However, the Swiss did leave room to manoeuvre in future should further concerns arise.

“In the bidding documents it was clearly established that the executive committee reserved the right to change anything in the bidding process, but here in this case it must come from Qatar,” Blatter added.

The latest comments reflect those made earlier in the year, with Blatter now forgoing any possibility of changing the date or location of the tournament.

Qatar beat Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to host the tournament in the vote held by FIFA’s executive committee on December 2nd 2010 in Zurich.