Valcke says April-May too hot for 2022 World Cup

The Associated PressNovember 13, 2013
Valcke says April-May too hot for 2022 World Cup
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks at a press conference with Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee, in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Blatter said he is confident of resolving all issues with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that has come under criticism by rights groups over conditions for workers building the venues. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says April and May are too hot to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Valcke says ''let's not lose time on this. April-May is not an option because of the temperature.''

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 Qatar's searing desert heat.

Blatter has suggested a November start, though spring is supported by European clubs' leader Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Following FIFA research into expected temperatures in Qatar, Valcke says ''the climate studies for April and May are quite similar'' to June and July.

Valcke says ''the best option is between mid-November and mid-January.''