Jordan's Prince Ali calls for winter World Cup in Qatar

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December 13, 2010 10:55

 
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Prince Ali of Jordan has called on FIFA to switch the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter and to allow neighboring Arab nations to host games.

Ali told the Australian Associated Press he understood concerns expressed by England and other nations at FIFA's decision to award the world tournament to the Middle East for the first time.

Concerns have been expressed around the ability of tiny Qatar to host such a mammoth sporting event, particularly during its summer when temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).

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