The Qatar World Cup in 2022 may be taking place in winter due to the crazy temperatures in summer but the Premier League are planning on playing games until just nine days before the tournament starts.

DOHA, QATAR: In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 on May 17, 2017, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy launches Khalifa International Stadium, the first completed 2022 FIFA World Cup venue, five years before the tournament begins. (Photo by Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy/Qatar 2022 via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR: In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 on May 17, 2017, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy launches Khalifa International Stadium, the first completed 2022 FIFA World Cup venue, five years before the tournament begins. (Photo by Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy/Qatar 2022 via Getty Images)

With FIFA awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar for no other reason than they must have been paid to do so, the entire world footballing calendar is being thrown into turmoil to accommodate their ridiculous decision.

The Premier League, however, will continue to do their own thing and with matches played until nine days before the tournament starts on 21 November. It will finish on 18 December, interrupting the festive period in England when others are on a mid-season break.

Football will restart in the Premier League eight days after the final – on Boxing Day.

Daily Mail, 26 October 2019

This is unlikely to go down well with nations competing at the tournament, especially those who expect to go quite far in the competition.

Then again, the whole thing is so stupid I guess it’s fair enough that everybody is annoyed by it rather than just some sections of the game.