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FILE- In this Thursday, Dec. 16, 2013 file photo, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, right, and Qatar Football Association (QFA) President Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed al-Thani exchange documents after officially appointing Qatar as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in Doha, Qatar. The new head of the English Football Association on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, called on FIFA to consider taking the World Cup off Qatar, adding to mounting criticism of the decision to give the 2022 tournament to the tiny desert nation. Qatar triumphed three years ago despite the bid being declared "high risk" by FIFA's own inspection team, which highlighted the searing summer heat in the Persian Gulf where temperatures can hit 50 C (122 F). (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)
FILE- In this Thursday, Dec. 16, 2013 file photo, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, right, and Qatar Football Association (QFA) President Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed al-Thani exchange documents after officially appointing Qatar as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in Doha, Qatar. The new head of the English Football Association on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, called on FIFA to consider taking the World Cup off Qatar, adding to mounting criticism of the decision to give the 2022 tournament to the tiny desert nation. Qatar triumphed three years ago despite the bid being declared "high risk" by FIFA's own inspection team, which highlighted the searing summer heat in the Persian Gulf where temperatures can hit 50 C (122 F). (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)
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(AP) The head of the Premier League has joined the English Football Association in urging FIFA to consider removing the 2022 World Cup from Qatar.


Growing health concerns about playing in the Gulf's searing summer heat have forced the issue onto the agenda for the next meeting of FIFA's hierarchy in October.


While the English FA would be open to the World Cup moving to winter, the world's richest soccer league firmly opposes that because of the disruption it would cause to the usual August-May season.


Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says if FIFA deems it impossible to play in the summer, "they need to move the location. We can't just, on a whim, decide to move to the winter."


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