FIFA Investigates Moving 2022 World Cup Tournament from Summer to Winter

Controversial movement to switch Qatar World Cup 2022 to winter gains momentum.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a press conference on Oct. 4, 2013, at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
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International Soccer officials met Thursday and Friday in Switzerland, to discuss issues arising from the 2022 World Cup tournament that is scheduled to be held in Qatar.

FIFA initiated an official investigation for the purpose of determining whether they will switch the World Cup Qatar 2022 dates from the summer to the winter.

The prospects of playing soccer outside during Qatar's hottest months, where temperatures can reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, has raised concerns among members of the soccer community.

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Medical experts, broadcasting partners, sponsors and FIFA officials will be consulted to determine whether or not conditions for the tournament will be suitable for players and fans alike.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has suggested the Qatar World Cup be played in Nov. 2022, after stating June or July tournament dates would be unacceptable, the Associated Press reported.

"After many discussions, deliberations and critical review of the entire matter, I came to the conclusion that playing the World Cup in the heat of Qatar's summer was simply not a responsible thing to do," Sepp said in September.

FIFA is not expected to make any final decisions about the season change until 2015, Michel D'Hooghe, a FIFA executive committee member told AP.

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But many are concerned about the chaos that could ensue in the European soccer season, if the World Cup does change from summer to winter. The costs for moving matches and tournaments that are traditionally scheduled during this time are expected to be substantial.

Abuse issues over migrant workers laboring on World Cup construction projects are also being addressed at the official meeting. FIFA is expected to talk to Qatari officials about creating better working conditions for laborers at the constructions sites.

BBC reports 44 migrant workers from Nepal died on Qatar World Cup construction sites between June 4 and Aug. 8, the majority having died from heart attacks or workplace accidents.

"Qatar must respect the rights of the key people who will deliver the 2022 FIFA World Cup: the workers who build the World Cup stadia and infrastructure and the professional footballers who play in them," the world professional footballers association, FIFPro, told CNN.

Ali Al Khualaifi, spokesmen for Qatar's Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, told CNN Qatar is doing its best to enforce labor regulations and make sure the laborers work in a safe environment.

"We have a plan to double the number of inspectors by the end of the year," Khualaifi said. "Since many of the migrant workers don't speak Arabic, we are hiring translators to submit complaints."

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