Posted: Monday January 14, 2013 4:28 PM

Blatter raises fresh doubts about summer 2022 WCup

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

LONDON (AP) -FIFA President Sepp Blatter has raised fresh doubts about the safety of playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in summertime, saying supporters could struggle to cope with the heat outside stadiums.

There have been growing calls to move the tournament to the winter to avoid the sweltering desert heat which is expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in June and July.

Blatter says players and fans will be fine in the air-conditioned stadiums but "the World Cup is also outside of the stadia so it is a question mark.''

In a wide-ranging interview on "Special Report'' on Sky Sports News, football's most powerful man reiterated his belief in introducing points deductions for incidents of racist abuse and confirmed he would be standing down in 2015.
Hot Topics: NBA Draft Yasiel Puig NHL Playoffs NBA Playoffs Mark Cuban Jabari Parker
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint