Qatar hits back at English FA: We deserve World Cup 2022

The Qataris say they are ready to host the tournament in summer or winter and will work to secure the "agreement of the international football community".

updated: August 10, 2013 20:05 IST
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London: Insisting they deserve the chance to stage the World Cup, Qatar's football leaders on Saturday hit back at their English counterparts for suggesting that FIFA consider taking the 2022 tournament away from the desert nation.

New English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke incensed the Qataris by arguing that the heat in the tiny emirate could be "very dangerous" and calling on FIFA to find a new location for the World Cup or anger European leagues by rescheduling it in winter.

Concerns about Qatar's plans have mounted since its bid surprisingly triumphed in 2010 despite being declared "high risk" by FIFA's own inspection team, which highlighted the sweltering summer heat in the Persian Gulf where temperatures can hit 50 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit).

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