Valcke: 2022 World Cup won’t happen in summer

FIFA says it will not pay some of Brazil's World Cup bill even though it admits the local organizers' failure to fulfil their commitments may jeopardize the tournament's success. (Anja Niedringhaus/AP)
January 8, 2014, 8:22 AM

PARIS — FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in June or July because of the Gulf country’s summer heat.

Valcke tells France-Inter radio that he expects the tournament to be held “between Nov. 15 and Jan. 15 at the latest.”

Valcke is leading FIFA’s consultation to suggest which months to play after president Sepp Blatter rejected the traditional June-July World Cup period because of the heat.

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