English FA concerned about Qatar 2022 ''nightmare''

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London, Jan 12 (AP) The head of England''s FootballAssociation warned Tuesday that moving the 2022 World Cup inQatar to the start of the year would be a "logisticalnightmare."

Since the contentious vote in December, FIFA presidentSepp Blatter has said he expects the event to be staged inearly 2022 due to concerns about the blistering summer heat inthe desert nation.

"The notion of playing in Qatar just leaves me in a coldsweat at the moment," FA general secretary Alex Horne saidTuesday.

"Preparing the teams for that environment, we don''t knowenough about what they are promising logistically in terms oftraining grounds etc. It doesn''t feel like a great experiencefor the fans, the whole thing is odd, let me just say that ...

I know it won''t be easy."

Qatar beat out the United States, Australia, Japan andSouth Korea for the bidding rights despite concerns overtemperatures which routinely exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104Fahrenheit).

While moving the World Cup to a cooler time of year wouldbe better for the health of players, it would throw domesticfootball schedules across Europe into turmoil before and afterthe tournament, which normally starts in June.

"It will do all sorts of odd things won''t it, because youneed to find nine or 10 weeks across the winter. It''s going tosplit the season and you''ll need to start early or finishlate," Horne said.

"It''s a logistical nightmare. Whether it''s a good idea ornot I don''t know."

Already unhappy with the voting process after England''s2018 bid flopped last month, Horne was asked about whether the2022 event should be allowed to move since it wasn''t mentionedduring bidding.

"It''s a bit unfortunate isn''t it?" he said flippantly.

Horne is still unhappy that England only received twovotes in the contest, which Russia won, with one coming fromGeoff Thompson, the English member of FIFA''s executivecommittee. More (AFP) AT

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