ULRICHEN, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter expects his executive committee to decide soon that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be switched from summer.

Blatter tells The Associated Press that an Oct. 3-4 meeting in Zurich should approve the change, and begin consultation on the best time for Qatar to host the tournament.

Blatter says he’d be “more than surprised if the ExCo will not accept the principle you cannot play in summer in Qatar.”

The FIFA head says new dates “would be then decided later.”

Blatter says this would involve consultations with leagues, clubs, national associations and players. Qatar’s suitability in June and July was questioned even before FIFA’s board chose it in December 2010.

Qatari officials have said they will change plans if FIFA formally requests it.


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