UEFA president urges winter World Cup in Qatar

“In the summer, at 50 degrees, you cannot possibly play football in Qatar,” Michel Platini said in an interview with Germany’s sports magazine Kicker. (Reuters)

President of the Union of European Football Associations, Michel Platini, has reiterated that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be held in the winter.

He echoed comments made by Britain’s FIFA- Vice-President Jim Boyce, made on Wednesday, that searing heat in the country would negatively affect the event.

“In the summer, at 50 degrees, you cannot possibly play football in Qatar,” Platini said in an interview with Germany’s sports magazine Kicker.

However, for a change to be implemented, it is necessary that Qatar request it; they have not done so.

Such a request could beg a challenge from the other contenders who vied to host the World Cup in a competition that ended in December 2010. These countries include the U.S., Australia, South Korea and Japan.

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