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Soccer's top leagues assail plan to push Qatar World Cup to November

A FIFA task force's recommendation to avoid Qatar's sweltering summer heat by pushing the start of the 2022 World Cup to November has left European officials a little hot under the collar, igniting a feud between soccer's world governing body and the sport's top professional leagues and players. The World Cup has always been played during the Northern Hemisphere's summer but in Qatar that would mean dealing with temperatures well above 100 degrees. Moving the tournament to late fall, when average temperatures hover in the high 70s, would avoid the sweltering heat, but the change would wreak havoc with top leagues, most of which play an August-to-May schedule. Yet...

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