Greg Dyke sparked an international row when he said it would be “impossible” to stage a football World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
The University Chancellor argued that Qatar’s summer, where temperatures can reach 40C, would be too hot for players and fans alike.
He believes the World Cup should be held during the winter or moved to a different nation altogether. His comments place mounting pressure on Fifa, world football’s governing body, and have also infuriated Premier League bosses who would see domestic league fixtures thrown into turmoil.
Dyke said: “You can’t hold this tournament in the summer in Qatar because it’s too hot. That would be difficult for players despite having an air-conditioned stadium – never mind the ‘green’ factor – and it would be impossible for fans.”
Dyke is just a few weeks into his new role as chairman of the Football Association.
He added: “The FA’s position will be that you can’t play it in the summer in Qatar. Fifa therefore has two choices: you either move it in time or location.”
The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee responded saying, “It was the right decision to award the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time. We are ready to host in summer or winter… A decision to alter the time of the World Cup would not alter out infrastructure planning”.
Greg Dyke has been Chancellor of the University for nine years, but is expected to step down having helped the new Vice Chancellor Koen Lamberts “come in”.