Call to start Qatar World Cup matches at 1am

Suggestion made by FIFA official to avoid searing summer heat

NEWS, Business, FIFA, Qatar world cup, Summer

A suggestion has been made to play matches at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at 1am.

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who is considering challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, said the event could still be staged in the summer.

But the ex-Chilean football chief said some games would have to start as late as 1am to avoid the worst of the heat.

"You could play the first games at 7pm, the second games at 10pm and the third matches at 1am," he told BBC Sport.

Concerns have been raised about staging the tournament in the summer in the Middle East country, where temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees.

Blatter has suggested a switch to November/December 2022 is almost inevitable, although another possibility is to stage the tournament in January and February.

But Mayne-Nicholls said that would also mean a clash with European football leagues, as well as the Winter Olympics and Super Bowl in the United States, and that a slightly earlier summer tournament should be considered.

"You could move it towards May, until the middle of June", he said.

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