World Cup: Dyke comments anger Scudamore

new chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke

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The new chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, revealed that his organisation would support any plans to move the date of 2022 World Cup in Qatar, frustrating Premier League chiefs.

Qatar beat off competition from Australia, South Korea, Japan and the United States to win the opportunity to host the prestigious tournament.

Dyke, who began his new role with the FA last month, has already ruffled some feathers with the remarks made at a press briefing on Friday evening.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore stated in July that switching the World Cup to winter would have a detrimental effect on domestic football worldwide.

Scudamore believes that a change of date would affect the three domestic seasons around the tournament most notably the 2012-22 campaign, causing problems with broadcast deals as well as meaning players contracts would need to be rewritten.

The Premier League chief is reported to have been left feeling frustrated and disappointed by Dyke’s comments as he was hoping the two organisations could work together.

Dyke said: “Even if all the stadia are air-conditioned, I think it will be impossible for the fans.

“Just go out there and wander around in that sort of heat. I just don’t think it’s possible.

“My position, and I suspect the FA’s position, will be ‘you can’t play it in the summer’.”

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