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Michel Platini Open to Qatar 2022 Winter World Cup: UEFA and FIFA Equally Insane?

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Michel Platini, the president of Uefa, says he is not opposed to the idea of rescheduling the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter from summer to avoid extreme temperatures in the desert nation.

After a Uefa meeting in Prague yesterday, Platini said it would be easier to organise the World Cup in January, instead of June: “On that I agree, and why not? It’s possible.”

Platini said, however, that the change, proposed by the outgoing Fifa executive member Franz Beckenbauer, would open up a number of issues, including whether players should be given February to rest.

At the same time, Platini defended the choice of Qatar, claiming players had already faced playing in extreme heat at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. (Guardian)

Is it professional for the President of UEFA to make such statements regardless of what the member states that make up UEFA thinks? There will surely be a huge backlash against talk of a winter World Cup as it would seriously disrupt all domestic league seasons.

Remember the kind of opposition there was to just one club from England being sent to the FIFA World Club Cup that takes place every January, now imagine the kind of fall out that would result from the idea that at six weeks of the season would have be set aside for the World Cup and the preparation before it.

Remember this would also negatively impact on the Champions League as well and there will surely be mass opposition to the changing of a club season just to suit a Qatar World Cup.

What makes no sense at all was the fact that a large chunk of Qatar’s bid for the 2022 tournament was based on the fact that they were building stadiums and facilities that would help make the astounding heat a non-issue so for everyone concerned to now turn around and say “actually it may be too hot play in the summer” is farcical.

Those fronting the American and Australian bids are already up in arms at the way the whole bidding process was handled and one can imagine they are now seething with anger about the possibility of a move to having the World Cup in January.


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