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11/06/2013 06:12 BST

Change My Mind: Should Fifa Consider Holding The Qatar World Cup In The Winter?

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said it would not be rational to play in Qatar's sweltering summer
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Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said it would not be rational to play in Qatar's sweltering summer

Last week the chairman of the FA, David Bernstein, tried to pour cold water on the "flawed" plans to host the Qatar World Cup in the winter, saying it would cause unacceptable disruption to the global football calendar.

Bernstein's comments directly contradicted those of not only the president of Fifa Sepp Blatter, who said it was "not rational" to play in the Qatari summer, but also its general secretary, Jerome Valcker, who said that the potential 50ºc temperatures could force a winter World Cup.

However, would the spectacle of a World Cup in a different part of the world with a handful of state of the art, built for purpose stadiums be worth reworking the footballing world for a year? Or would the havoc just cause too much discontent among players and fans?

HuffPost UK's home page editor, Paul Vale, argues that football's always been a changing game and should push forward into the future, while sport reporter Samuel Luckhurst says despite the sweltering summer temperatures, a winter World Cup would be an "awful alternative" for both players and fans.

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