Andrew Warshaw: A slow creep towards a Winter World Cup

Every time you ask FIFA whether they would sanction switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter, you get the same answer: only if Qatar, as the host nation, officially requests us to do so.

And every time you ask Qatari organisers the same question, you also get the same answer: only if we are asked to do so by FIFA as world football's governing body.

It's a clever tactic, a subtle ploy that allows both sides to save face, show respect, maintain the status quo and avoid unnecessary awkwardness whenever the issue is raised - as it frequently is.