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2022 World Cup final may be held on Dec. 23 — FIFA secretary general

February 25, 2015, 18:03 UTC+3 ABU DHABI
The date was favored by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as well as some other football confederations but December 18 is also a possible date
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ABU DHABI, February 25. /TASS/. Jerome Valcke, the secretary general of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), believes that the final match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be held on December 23, British broadcaster BBC reported on Wednesday.

The FIFA Task Force for the International Match Calendar 2018-2024 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar held its meeting in Doha on February 23.

The FIFA senior official said the date of December 23 was favored by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as well as by some other football confederations, but December 18 still remained as the possible date for the final match of the global football tournament in 2022.

FIFA’s plans to switch for the first time in its history the dates of the World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter may disrupt schedule of numerous national leagues, which traditionally hold its tournaments at that time.

Valcke, however, said there would be no compensations to football clubs over the change of the timeframe and added that the apology for inconveniences was unnecessary.

"There will be no compensation," BBC quoted Valcke as saying. "There are seven years to reorganize."

"Why are we talking about compensation?" FIFA official continued. "It's happening once, we're not destroying football."

US weekly Sports Illustrated reported a week ago citing unnamed multiple sources that it was "a done deal that World Cup 2022 will take place in November and December of 2022 in Qatar."

FIFA neither denied nor confirmed the report saying in its statement that it was still early to talk about the dates for the global football tournament in Qatar and the decision on the issue would be made at the next session of FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich on March 19-20.

An initiative of switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to November-December period was proposed last year by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who cited blazing heat in the Arab state in summer time as the reason for the drastic change of the traditional timeframe.

Plans to move the football championship in Qatar from summer to winter were criticized by many international football officials. In particular, Vyacheslav Koloskov, former FIFA vice president from Russia, said earlier that the change in FIFA calendar would result in giant organizational inconveniences.

Koloskov said that the whole Europe plays football in November and December and it includes national championships, the Champions League, the Europa League and therefore the international calendar must be completely changed.

He also said that major winter sports competitions were usually held in November-December and major broadcasters were involved in the coverage of these tournaments. It would be hard, he said, to come to terms with broadcasting companies if the World Cup was held at the same time.

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