FIFA agrees to set up Qatar World Cup task force

  • Article by: GRAHAM DUNBAR
  • Associated Press
  • October 4, 2013 - 6:15 AM

ZURICH — FIFA's ruling board has agreed to set up a working group to study switching the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid the hot summer months.

FIFA executive committee member Michel D'Hooghe tells The Associated Press that no final decision is expected before 2015.

The working group will consult FIFA officials, medical experts and broadcasting and sponsor partners.

The agreement falls short of FIFA President Sepp Blatter's stated plan to immediately rule out playing the World Cup in June-July.

Blatter has suggested starting the tournament in November.

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