Posted: Wed January 8, 2014 10:34AM; Updated: Wed January 8, 2014 10:34AM

Valcke: Qatar World Cup won't be played in June-July

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Jerome Valcke
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke says that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be played in June or July.
Mikhail Metzel/AP

PARIS (AP) - FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in June or July because of the Gulf country's summer heat.

Valcke tells France-Inter radio that he expects the tournament to be held ''between Nov. 15 and Jan. 15 at the latest.''

Valcke is leading FIFA's consultation to suggest which months to play after president Sepp Blatter rejected the traditional June-July World Cup period because of the heat.

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