Qatar sympathises with European clubs

The head of the Qatar World Cup Organising Committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, has offered his sympathies to European clubs over the prospect of a winter tournament in 2022.

Last month, a recommendation was made to stage the 2022 event in November and December – instead of the normal June/July slot – in an effort to avoid the high temperatures during the Qatar summer.

That move means the event will take place in the middle of the domestic seasons of most international clubs, although the European sides – where the majority of the players likely to be at the event ply their trades – will be most affected.

"In relation to the European clubs, in the end we have sympathy for everybody," Al Thawadi said on Friday.

"There will be people that are with the decision, but there are other people who will not necessarily agree with the decision, and I understand their positions as well.

"But again, we've always been very clear. Whatever the international football community decides, we're in support of it.

"The decision was made, and the recommendation came from six FIFA confederations. There have been pillars of the football community as well that have supported that decision."