European Club Association calls for May World Cup
Over 200 member clubs support Qatar World Cup switch
More than 200 top European football clubs will lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place in the month of May, according to reports.
The European Club Association, which represents 214 teams from the continent, including some of the most powerful, intends to present its view to the world football governing body FIFA next month, the Daily Mail reported.
The tournament is traditionally held in June-July but Qatar’s event is likely to be re-scheduled because of concerns over temperatures that can reach 50 degrees in summer.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has supported a winter World Cup, probably in November and December because January or February 2022 would clash with the Winter Olympics.
However, moving the World Cup to winter would impact upon European leagues, while broadcasters and sponsors have threatened legal action if the change in timing impacts their contracts.
The European Club Association, which includes the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris St Germain and English Premier League teams Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs, will suggest that May would have the least negative impact, the Daily Mail report said.
May temperatures still would be high but are unlikely to be significantly higher than those experienced in Mexico (1986), the United States (1994) or Japan and South Korea (2002).
Qatar has also promised to install state-of-the-art cooling technology in its stadiums.
FIFA is expected to decide on the timing of the World Cup 2022 next year.