FIFA board deals with Qatari World Cup, labor laws

AP News
Posted: Oct 04, 2013 5:31 AM
FIFA board deals with Qatari World Cup, labor laws

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA's ruling board is meeting for talks on whether to switch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the hot summer months.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is expected to announce that a task force will consult soccer leaders and broadcasters worldwide and report back to his executive committee within months.

Such an agreement would fall short of Blatter's stated plan to immediately rule out playing the World Cup in the usual June-July period. He suggests starting the tournament in November.

Still, the momentum to move FIFA's showcase event appears unstoppable because of the searing summer heat in the tiny desert nation.

Blatter's board is also weighing a response to Qatar's treatment of migrant workers after reported deaths and human rights abuses connected with World Cup construction projects.