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Shaikh Salman heads panel to discuss Qatar Cup schedule

BAHRAIN'S Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been tasked to head a new Fifa working group that will assess whether the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar can be staged in the summer.

This working group has been launched by Fifa's Executive Committee, chaired by Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Shaikh Salman is a member of the committee and is also the Asian Football Confederation president.

He will be spearheading this new working group that will undergo an intensive consultation process that will involve all the main stakeholders concerned with the World Cup.

As enumerated by the Executive Committee, these stakeholders include both the international football community (Fifa, confederations, member associations, leagues, clubs and players) as well as Fifa's business partners.

The working group will examine alternative dates for which the World Cup matches in 2022 can be held, apart from the traditional June/July period when temperatures in Qatar and the Gulf region can reach 50 degrees Celsius or over.

"The consultation process would not be rushed but would be given the necessary time to consider all of the elements relevant for a decision," said a statement issued by Fifa.

The Executive Committee added that no decision will be taken before the upcoming 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.



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