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FIFA to set up World Cup commission
FIFA is to take the first step towards holding the 2022 World Cup in winter after its executive committee agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament.
The meeting in Zurich ended on Friday morning with the world governing body deciding to set up the commission, FIFA sources have confirmed to Press Association Sport.
The commission's members will be drawn from across the game and will aim to represent all the major stakeholders, but will not make any decision on timing until after next year's World Cup.
It is understood there was no discussion about who would head the commission or its members, only that FIFA's administration would draw up a list of suitable candidates.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is among those expected to be approached.
FIFA is looking at moving the tournament in Qatar due to the extreme heat in June and July, when the World Cup is due to be held.
Qatar World Cup organisers insist they can hold it an any time of the year, using cooling technology to lessen the effect of the heat.
The executive committee also discussed an investigation into the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter is expected to visit the Middle Eastern country to raise his concerns in person.
Qatar 2022 secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi said on Thursday there was no rush for a decision on timing of the World Cup but that they could organise it at any time of the year.
He said: "We're continuing with our plans as it is, so whatever decision comes out will not change our plans and hence there's no time limit."
There has been a general consensus that the 2022 tournament cannot be played in the heat of the summer, and UEFA's 54 member associations agreed last month to moving the tournament in principle.
There are likely to be disagreements over when it should be played, however.
The Premier League and FIFA favour November/December as it would not affect the clubs' Christmas matches nor the winter Olympics, but UEFA president Michel Platini wants a January tournament so that there is no impact on the Champions League.