Moyes relaxed over 'winter' world cup

Updated: 2013-10-06 07:08

(China Daily)

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted he has no problems with the idea of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being played in the European winter, even though this would cut across the Premier League season.

"It would need to alter things maybe in the year before and the year after and I think there will be no choice that it will have to move," said Moyes.

"But I'm sure the Premier League are already working on that and thinking about it but it does look as if it (the World Cup) will have to be changed.

"If it was played in the month of January it could be the equivalent of having a winter break (something that doesn't currently exist in English football but which is common in other major European league) so if they took that month out it would extend things and there would be lots of different add-ons.

"It's the World Cup - it will have to be played and the people in power will try to make the right decisions."

The Scot said changes to the League Cup, long regarded by leading clubs as the least important of England's three major domestic competitions behind the Premier League and FA Cup, might be needed in order to accommodate a winter World Cup.

Agence France-Presse

(China Daily 10/06/2013 page11)