File - FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke speaks during a news conference on Russia's preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
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An announcement from FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would not be played in the summer created yet more controversy around the finals Wednesday.It led to a shocked response from FIFA Vice President Jim Boyce, who said only the world governing body's executive committee could decide when the World Cup would be played.Valcke said: "The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July.In a subsequent statement FIFA appeared to backtrack saying Valcke was giving "his view" that the 2022 World Cup must take place in winter and the best time would be Nov. 15 to Jan. 15 .At the time, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said it would reach a conclusion sometime after this year's World Cup in Brazil.Valcke's surprise announcement comes more than three years after Qatar was originally awarded the tournament in December 2010 .
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