EPL Close To Sanctioning Winter Break In 2022 To Accommodate Qatar World Cup
English Premier League bosses "are on the brink of sanctioning an unprecedented winter break in 2022 to accommodate the Qatar World Cup," according to George Scott of the London DAILY STAR. Talks "have been held with FIFA and other top European leagues to come to an agreement about changing the entire football calendar." Officials accept that "there is no chance of playing during the summer in Qatar, with the only debate now whether the tournament is played in November-December or January-February." The Premier League "has been battling for the former option" as it wants players to be back in time for the traditional Christmas and New Year fixtures (DAILY STAR, 7/23).