Blat­ter drops

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter is stand­ing by his op­po­si­tion to hold­ing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary.

The com­ments yes­ter­day in Abu Dhabi came be­fore Blat­ter trav­els to Qatar to dis­cuss op­tions of hold­ing the tour­na­ment out­side the blis­ter­ing hot months of June and July in the Gulf.

Blat­ter, an IOC mem­ber, op­poses the first two months of the year be­cause that would clash with the 2022 Win­ter Olympics. He has sug­gested a November tour­na­ment.

Jan­uary is favoured by Uefa pres­i­dent Michel Platini, po­ten­tially Blat­ter’s ri­val in the next Fifa lead­er­ship elec­tion in 2015. – Sa­paAP

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