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European clubs unsure over 2022 WCup in winter

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GENEVA (AP) — Europe’s top football clubs still need to be convinced the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should move from summer.

European Club Association vice chairman Umberto Gandini says “we need more information before accepting the fact that the calendar should be disrupted.”

Gandini represents the 200-member ECA on a FIFA panel seeking ways to avoid playing in the desert heat of June-July.

The AC Milan director updated European club leaders Tuesday about the first FIFA consultation held Monday. FIFA’s favored option is a November-December tournament, which would shut down top European leagues for two months.

Gandini insists “we must get very strong and decisive reasons for moving the World Cup.”

He says FIFA must consider the majority of players and leagues which are not represented at the World Cup


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