UEFA chief Platini pushes ahead with plans for winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022
UEFA president Michel Platini is determined to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the winter and force the Barclays Premier League to take a break during November and December to accommodate it.
FIFA’s decision to award football’s greatest showpiece to the tiny Arab state has attracted derision due to the difficulties it will place on supporters and teams alike if held in the searing heat of the summer months, when the tournament is traditionally staged.
Platini’s solution is to break with tradition and stage the tournament during the winter, which will clash with the regular club season across Europe.
Platini said in the Standard: ‘If we stop [the European season] from November 2 to December 20, it means, instead of finishing in May, we stop in June.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
It does seem that UEFA and FIFA are conspiring against all good reason and sense and pushing on with plans to move the 2022 World Cup to the winter and one has to question their motives for doing so.
Apart from the ramifications on the European football season such an unprecedented change to the World Cup procedure would have, one has to also look at the fact that the possibility of a Winter World Cup was not part of the bidding process and as such must call into question the reasoning behind moving the goal-posts.
Many in the footballing fraternity believe that both FIFA and UEFA are misguided at best and corrupt to the core at worst and any serious attempt to move the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the winter will not be accepted by Europe’s ‘elite’, not without a fight anyway.
Remember also that a key part of Qatar’s winning bid was the state of the are technology that was being proposed to help cope with the soaring heat, now that all seems to have gone out of the window. If there really is going to be a change to 82 years of tradition then it’s only fair that a new bidding process is opened to take into account the change in tack being proposed by both FIFA and UEFA.
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