Posted: Wednesday July 17, 2013 11:19 AM

Blatter wants Qatar WCup to move to winter

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GOING, Austria (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has reiterated his appeal to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter to avoid the searing summer heat.

Blatter says "if this World Cup is to become a party for the people, you can't play football in the summer. You can cool down the stadiums but you can't cool down the whole country.''

Despite health concerns included in an official report before the vote, the FIFA executive committee opted for the tiny emirate's bid in 2010. Blatter has repeatedly refused to say if he backed Qatar.

Speaking during a two-day conference on sports, media and economy set up by German great Franz Beckenbauer in Austria, Blatter says "there is still enough time. I will bring this up to the executive committee.''
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