Belfast Telegraph

Winter World Cup set for green light

Europe's leading clubs are today expected to accept that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have to be played in the winter – but only on the basis it is a "one-off".

The European Clubs' Association (ECA) will discuss the issue at a meeting in Geneva, and the organisation's senior vice-president Umberto Gandini has admitted that moving the tournament from the summer is "almost inevitable".

That will leave the Premier League's opposition to any move looking increasingly isolated with even new FA chairman Greg Dyke favouring a switch despite the disruption.

A winter World Cup would not only affect the 2022 season, but the Confederations Cup would also be in the winter the previous season and there would be knock-on effects to domestic leagues.

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