Zurich - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18.
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Blatter's comments come after a FIFA task force this week recommended moving the tournament to November-December to avoid the summer heat in Qatar. At that time, a Dec. 23 final, a Friday, was proposed. Dec. 18 is a Sunday, the day on which the final is traditionally played, and is Qatar's national day.
The dates of the 2022 tournament will be confirmed by the FIFA executive committee in March.