10 Sep 2013

Blatter admits they may have made a mistake over awarding World Cup to Qatar

8:28 am on 10 September 2013

Football's world governing body Fifa may have made a mistake in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to president Sepp Blatter.

Summer temperatures can reach 50 degrees in the Middle Eastern country.

English FA chairman Greg Dyke says it'll be impossible to play in such conditions and Blatter wants the tournament moved to the winter.

Blatter hopes Fifa's executive committee will follow his proposal to switch the tournament to the winter when it meets next month.

Should that be the case, Blatter says the next steps will include a close look at the international calendar and to establish what consequences the change would have.

Switching the 2022 World Cup to the northern winter is likely to cause chaos for football leagues around the world.

Qatar defeated bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States to win a ballot of Fifa's 22 executive members in 2010 to host the tournament.