ZURICH (AP) — FIFA's ruling board is meeting on Friday for talks on how to move the debate on switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from hot summer months.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is expected to announce that a task force will consult football leaders and broadcasters worldwide, and report back to his executive committee within months.
Such an agreement by Blatter's ruling board would fall short of his stated plan to flatly reject the principle of playing the Qatari World Cup in June-July. He suggests a November kickoff.
Still, the momentum to move FIFA's defining event from its traditional dates appears unstoppable.
Blatter's board is also weighing a response to Qatar's treatment of migrant workers, after reported deaths and human rights abuses on World Cup construction projects.