English leagues will not take legal action against FIFA over the decision to switch the Qatar 2022 World Cup to November and December, despite it hugely disrupting the season of the Premier League and Football League, according to BBC Sport.
The world governing body of football could still face action from other top European leagues as the winter World Cup is set to play havoc with the continental football calendar.
Both the Premier League and Football League agreed that the main focus now was to make sure the impact on the season was “as limited as possible”.
The European Professional Football Leagues met in Barcelona on Saturday to adopt a resolution and criticised the decision to move the tournament, which has been a summer competition from it’s inception, to winter.
The organisation said that a May tournament would have been a solution to satisfy everyone and the French league president Frederic Thiriez said, “This is seriously damaging to the European leagues from a sporting and a financial point of view.
“The EPFL is ready to support any legal actions that individual leagues may undertake in this respect in the near future.”
In a move to possibly make up for the damaging winter tournament, FIFA have announced that it will triple the amount paid to clubs who release their players for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to £142 million.