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European football leagues to oppose any FIFA switch of 2022 World Cup to winter

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PARIS - Europe's top leagues have stated their clearest opposition yet to changing the 2022 World Cup dates in Qatar.

The European Professional Football Leagues group says "all scenarios on the rescheduling of the World Cup in Qatar are damaging the domestic competitions and leagues' business interests."

Top-tier leagues face taking an eight-week midseason break if the World Cup kicks off in November, as FIFA President Sepp Blatter suggests.

The EPFL said after a board meeting Thursday it will give its view to a FIFA consultation process on moving the tournament from the hot summer months.

Blatter has set next March as a deadline to decide the tournament dates.

European leagues and clubs have long been expected to oppose a November-December World Cup.

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