UK football team Chelsea’s midfielder Frank Lampard has said that he believes the best solution to combating the Qatari summer heat is to move the 2022 World Cup to England, in a Saturday interview with Sky News.
“I wish the World Cup would come to England at that stage and be done with it. We'll see, you never know,” he said.
Since Qatar won the bid to host the tournament there have been widespread concerns about the weather in the country where temperatures can reach in excess of 50°c.
In response, Qatar has promised to put in place a solar-powered cooling system in stadiums however there have been further concerns about the wellbeing of the thousands of expected football fans and their ability to deal with the heat once outside the stadium, reported Sports360 on Saturday.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and vice-president Jim Boyce have both hinted that a winter World Cup is the most likely solution; a possibility that is backed by FA chief Greg Dyke.
However, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore this week described the idea as “nigh-on impossible” and urged FIFA to consider moving the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar, reported Sports360.
Lampard, a participant in two World Cups – Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010 – has backed Scudamore’s stance, suggesting England should take on the responsibility of hosting the World Cup.
“It’s always going to be different for us but I don't think anybody wants to be playing in 50-degrees heat,” the Chelsea midfielder told Sky News.