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SBD Global/January 16, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
FIFA President Sepp Blatter Criticizes EPL Clubs For Playing Too Many Foreign Players
Published January 16, 2013
SUMMER IN THE CITY: The AP reported Blatter "raised fresh doubts about the safety of playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in summertime," saying that "supporters could struggle to cope with the heat outside stadiums." There "have been growing calls to move the tournament to the winter to avoid the sweltering desert heat, which is expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius." Blatter said, "It has been presented in the bid documents and in the presentation they made here in Zurich that there is a system that the stadia can be presented in, let's say, an atmosphere where it will not be too hot, too warm. But the World Cup is not only played in the stadia. The World Cup is also outside of the stadia, so it is a question mark" (AP, 1/15).