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Blatter: 2022 World Cup should be in November-December, not in January-February

  • FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter listens during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Thursday Nov. 7, 2013. Blatter is saying he has urged Iranian authorities to open the gate on female football fans in Iranian stadiums. The Thursday remarks by Blatter came during a briefing in Tehran in which he said he sought Iranian decision makers including parliament speaker Ali Larijani to facilitate presence of female spectators in Iranian stadiums. The controversial issue was in the air in the conservative country over the past decades. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter listens during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Thursday Nov. 7, 2013. Blatter is saying he has urged Iranian authorities to open the gate on female football fans in Iranian stadiums. The Thursday remarks by Blatter came during a briefing in Tehran in which he said he sought Iranian decision makers including parliament speaker Ali Larijani to facilitate presence of female spectators in Iranian stadiums. The controversial issue was in the air in the conservative country over the past decades. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)  (The Associated Press)

  • FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter listens during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Blatter is saying he has urged Iranian authorities to open the gate on female football fans in Iranian stadiums. The Thursday remarks by Blatter came during a briefing in Tehran in which he said he sought Iranian decision makers including parliament speaker Ali Larijani to facilitate presence of female spectators in Iranian stadiums. The controversial issue was in the air in the conservative country over the past decades. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter listens during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Blatter is saying he has urged Iranian authorities to open the gate on female football fans in Iranian stadiums. The Thursday remarks by Blatter came during a briefing in Tehran in which he said he sought Iranian decision makers including parliament speaker Ali Larijani to facilitate presence of female spectators in Iranian stadiums. The controversial issue was in the air in the conservative country over the past decades. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)  (The Associated Press)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be pushed back to autumn rather than moved up to winter.

Blatter said FIFA officials and others "are starting now the consultations" on whether to move the World Cup from its traditional June-July slot to avoid summer heat in the Gulf, a decision that could drag into 2015.

"And when I say winter, I mean it can only be November and December," he told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Friday before the final of the Under-17 World Cup. "It can no way be January or February."

An IOC member, Blatter opposes the first two months of the year because it would clash with the 2022 Winter Olympics.