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SBD Global/March 18, 2014/International Football

Qatar 2022 World Cup Timing Decision Put Back To Early 2015

A decision on the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar "will not be made before the start of 2015," according to the PA. FIFA said that "an announcement could be made later this year" but Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, the head of the task force that is making the decision on the timing of the tournament, said that "it would be not be taken before next year." Salman said, "The decision is to look at the possibilities of the timing, as we speak now it is still June/July but the aim of this task force is to look at the other options and the concerns that some will have." Salman was speaking on a visit to London where he also signed a cooperation agreement with the Premier League, whose CEO Richard Scudamore said that "lengthy talks were needed with all stakeholders about moving the time of the World Cup" (PA, 3/17).

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