Stags manager Murray deems World Cup 2022 decision ‘strange’

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Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray questioned the wisdom of FIFA giving Qatar the 2022 World Cup and then this week suggesting it be held just before Christmas, wrecking domestic seasons.

A FIFA commission has recommended the switch to a winter tournament as there are worries over the health of players being asked to compete in temperatures that can reach 50 degrees in the desert summer.

“It was a strange decision to give it to Qatar,” said Murray. “You’d like to think people know the facts about the situation before they go into it, but obviously not.

“It will be a bit strange. When you think about the World Cup, you think about summer and sitting watching it with your mates in the sun in a party atmosphere.

“So to be watching it while building a snowman in a woolly hat will be a bit strange.”