Europe’s top football clubs accept it is "probably better" to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter – but have urged FIFA not to make a rash decision.
The president of world football’s governing body, Sepp Blatter, has called for the tournament to be rescheduled to avoid playing the tournament in mid-summer temperatures of up to 50C.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association, says his members agree with Blatter in principle – but that nothing should be done too soon.
"We’re not in a hurry, there are still nine years to go," said Rummenigge following the ECA’s general assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
"The feeling is it is probably better to play it in winter."
Blatter told InsideWorldFootball.com yesterday that it "may" have been a mistake to hand the tournament to the tiny Gulf state – and that he wants his executive committee to support his call for a switch at their next meeting in Zurich on October 4.
But Rummenigge countered: "I don’t understand why FIFA would like to make an early decision.
"I personally believe there is no hurry.
"Having the World Cup in Qatar is not a mistake.
"But we are requesting a solution which in the end does not affect our business too much."
He added: "After visiting Qatar at our last general assembly we had a good feeling about the organisation of a World Cup there."
UEFA president Michel Platini says he voted for Qatar in December, 2010, expecting the tournament would be played in the winter.
"We will have a discussion in Dubrovnik but we will do it very carefully in the right way," Rummenigge said.
"We have to be very careful in terms of how much a change from summer to a different time would impact on our business.
"We want guarantees that we are involved in the decision-making process."
Meanwhile, the body embracing Europe’s top leagues, including the Premier League, which is fiercely opposed to a winter World Cup, has also demanded that FIFA refrain from imposing any "artificial deadlines."
In a statement released from its Swiss headquarters, the European Professional Football Leagues said: "The EPFL…is of the view that no hasty decision shall be made by the FIFA executive committee of October 3-4 considering…such an important decision cannot be rushed with artificial deadlines as the concerned FIFA World Cup will take place in nine years.
"The feasibility of any change to the calendar involves every aspect of football organisation across all countries, from the grass roots to the major national representative tournaments and the leagues.
"Any suggestion of staging the World Cup at a time other than the traditional period is a crucial issue for the European Leagues considering the impact on the organisation of domestic championships throughout Europe, and of the international football calendar around the world.
"Prior to any decision, the side effects on the international calendar of a possible rescheduling should be assessed through an extensive fact-based analysis taking into account the potential clash with other major international events, for instance the Winter Olympic Games."
The has been announced, and features the regular mix of internationally renowned bands, and people we’ve never heard of.
We can all remember the classic Fifa songs that played in the background while we wasted away the hours of our free-time trying to take our team to the .
But does the soundtrack look like it will be up to par? A quick browse through YouTube suggests it will be, here’s our top picks for the songs you’ve never previously heard of but that you’ll know all the words to by Christmas.
Best song by an American band you’ve never heard of:
Smallpools – Dreaming
This song has ‘Fifa’ written all over it, it’s the type of song that will play in the background while you’re reading your email inbox in Manager Mode.
Best song by a British artist you’ve never heard of:
Yes, Roy Hodgson and his men escaped from the Olympic Stadium with the clean sheet and the point that keeps them masters of their own World Cup destiny.
Yes, too, when they seek back to back wins to clinch the golden ticket to Brazil against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley next month, they will hopefully have Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge.
But just as in Warsaw and Podgorica, up against a side that lacked the courage of their open convictions, all the faults that produced Greg Dyke’s cri de coeur last week were evidenced.
A failure to keep the ball. An inability to play any sort of cohesive football. Over-run in midfield. Exposed down the right flank.
Watching England has become an ordeal. Something you only choose to do through the fingers in front of your eyes, peering out in apprehension.
may not have been politically astute – but was perhaps not a bad one.
Rickie Lambert must have known his "fairytale" introduction to international football could not last. He came back down to earth with a fearful bump, isolated but with his lack of touch apparent.
And the belief, devoutly held by many, that Jack Wilshere represents the answer to England’s midfield woes took a pounding. The Arsenal tyro was all at sea, too easily dispossessed, his radar horribly awry.
England were left grateful, not only for the resolution and grit of Gary Cahill, who came of age as an international defender, but also Ukraine’s unwillingness to go for the jugular.
At times, it was more than nervous, more than dodgy.
Joe Hart – in the first minute – and the awful Kyle Walker might both have conceded penalties had Portuguese whistler Pedro Proenca been more pliable to the demands of the raucous home fans.
Walker was taken to pieces and then reassembled in a heap by Yevhen Konoplianka; only Cahill’s diligence and reassurance kept Roman Zozulya at bay; raiding right-back Artem Fedetskiy should have scored twice, with the goal at his mercy.
Yet somehow, despite themselves, England clung on, desperately on occasions, but demonstrating they remain a tough side for anyone to beat.
Not that that is good enough. While excuses could be made for the lesson handed out by Italy on the same pitch at Euro 2012 – the last time Hart’s goal was not breached against a serious side – few were acceptable last night.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard did hold things together, tightening up as England teetered on the brink, helping keep the Ukrainians at arm’s length for periods.
Effort was unquestioned. Ashley Cole, aided by James Milner, bottled up Andriy Yarmalenko. Theo Walcott’s pace threatened to destabilise the Ukrainians.
But throughout, while Gerrard twice went close before the break, as did Cahill from successive flag-kicks from the skipper, England’s lack of inspiration and invention was palpable.
When it mattered, they got lucky. Hart touched Zozulya before shovelling the ball behind in those opening 42 seconds, Fedetskiy made no real contact when he eluded Gerrard at the back post, Cahill made a series of timely, vital, interventions.
Then, after the break, with England rarely any better, Gerrard rescued his team after Konoplianka bamboozled Walker and when the Spurs right-back sent Zozulya tumbling, the winger’s free-kick deflected wide.
When Fedetskiy, unmarked and with the goal at his mercy eight yards out, headed tamely into Hart’s hands, Ukraine seemed to accept the draw.
At the death, England might even have nicked it. Walker’s pace down the right gave Walcott a sniff, the Arsenal man directing just wide on the volley.
Then, in stoppage time, a long throw from Walker found Lampard, who had the chance to crown his 100th cap with a goal, but could not quite glance on target.
In truth, that would have been larceny, entirely undeserved.
The point was what was important and England flew back from Kiev with that precious commodity in their pocket, aware that it is down to them at Wembley. "Realistically", though, would you put your shirt on them doing so?