New FA chairman Greg Dyke is on potential collision course with the Premier League after reluctantly backing a move to stage a winter World Cup in 2022.
The Prem’s top brass are determined to resist FIFA plans to switch the tournament’s date away from its traditional summer slot because of the 50 degrees Celsius-plus temperatures typical in host nation Qatar in June.
But Dyke, the new boss at the association’s Wembley base, suggested a winter tournament might be the only realistic solution.
Dyke, who insisted he expects Roy Hodgson to negotiate the autumn programme and steer England to next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, said: “You cannot play football in Qatar in June.
“Even if the stadia can be air-conditioned – and that seems a bit strange – it will be impossible for the fans to walk around in that sort of heat.
“My position, and the FA’s position, is that we can’t play in summer in Qatar, which means FIFA have two choices.
“I understand the reaction of the Premier League and why they won’t want a World Cup in winter. I have some sympathy for their view.
“But FIFA will either have to move it to another time in the year or move it to another location and I suspect the former is more likely than the latter.”
Premier League bosses remain adamant that a move to winter would cause THREE years of disruption at club level.
But German FA chiefs are beginning to line up in favour of a switch and UEFA president Michel Platini, who voted for Qatar as hosts, is also an advocate.
Dyke, who formally replaced David Bernstein at the end of July, also questioned England’s approach to the summer debacle at the European U21 Championship – where Stuart Pearce’s side lost all three matches.
The former BBC boss, who gave a public backing to Hodgson – “we’re all pretty confident we will be in Brazil” – added: “We need to make it clear which tournaments we are taking seriously.
“We didn’t make that clear in the summer. And that was a mistake.”