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Blatter wants winter WC

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PARIS - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reiterated his desire for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be played at the end of the year in the winter rather than in the searing heat of summer.

He also repeated his belief that football's world governing body cannot be held responsible for the deaths of construction workers racing against time to complete venues for this year's World Cup in Brazil.

Pressure has been building for the 2022 tournament to be moved from its traditional June-July slot because of temperatures which rocket to the high 40 degrees in the Middle East.

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