Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA won't move World Cup calendar, Mourinho suspension dropped and more

Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA won't move World Cup calendar, Mourinho suspension dropped and more

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Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA won't move World Cup calendar, Mourinho suspension dropped and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Despite the requests of Franz Beckenbauer, FIFA claims that there are no plans in the works to move World Cup 2022 to January.

Beckenbauer had requested that FIFA move the World Cup to January to avoid the midsummer temperatures in Qatar which can average 105-115 degrees, which FIFA labeled as potential health risk to those involved in the Cup.

Precedent does exist for this type of move with the 2011 Asian Cup, which Qatar will host being moved to January to avoid the high temperatures.The average temperature in January in Qatar is in the low 70s.

Here are some other stories from Monday to get your Tuesday going:

JOL RESIGNS FROM AJAX POST

Ajax manager Martin Jol has resigned from his position as manager of the Dutch giants. The season has not gone well for Ajax with the club currently in fourth place in the Eredivisie and eliminated from the UEFA Champions League. Jol will be replaced at Ajax by former Dutch defender Frank de Boer until the Dutch winter break. Ajax expect to name a new managing staff by the end of 2010. The former Tottenham Hotspur manager has been tapped by many reports to be a potential successor to Chris Hughton at Newcastle United. 

LIVERPOOL CRUSHES ASTON VILLA 3-0

Liverpool relieved some pressure on embattled manager Roy Hodgson with a convincing 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. The Reds victory came without their stars Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, and Fernando Torres in the line up. David Ngog and Ryan Babel added goals in the first half while Maxi Rodriguez finished off the match with the third and final goal. The victory catapulted the Reds into the top half of the table and put the Villans just two points ahead of the Relegation zone. 

MOURINHO SUSPENSION REDUCED

Jose Mourinho's suspension by UEFA has been reduced to a single Champions League match. UEFA initially awarded Mourinho, a two match ban for allegations that Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos deliberately picked up second yellow cards in Real Madrid's 4-0 victory over Ajax. The pair hoped to be suspended for Madrid's final group match against French club Auxurre. 

Ramos, Alonso, Mourinho as well as goalkeepers Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek were fined in the incident.

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