FIFPro favours winter start for 2022 Qatar WC

Winter temperatures in Qatar are generally in the region of 20 degrees Celsius but rises up to 50 degrees in the summer.

FIFPro expressed its satisfaction that football’s ruling body FIFA is open to the idea of moving the tournament to solve the weather problem.

Tijs Tummers, secretary of FIFPro’s technical committee, said Qatar’s high summer temperatures meant that summer was not a suitable time to be in the country, either for players or fans.

“It is not sensible in a country with an average temperature of 41 degrees in June and July, a mid-day temperature of 50 degrees and, above all, extremely high humidity,” he said in a statement.

“Tourists are advised not to travel to Qatar in the summer months and inhabitants leave the country en masse during this period.”

Tummers added that he did not foresee any insurmountable problems with regard to staging the event in winter.

“If you look at what happened last weekend with weather problems in Europe because of heavy snowfall, you could see this as an advantage rather than as a problem,” he said. 

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