Champions League

UEFA prepared to move CL

2014-11-05 20:20
Michel Platini (AFP Photo)

Burton-on-Trent -  UEFA president Michel Platini has said on Wednesday that he is prepared to stage the 2022 Champions League final in June in order to accommodate that year's World Cup in Qatar.

Amid concerns about soaring summer temperatures in the Gulf state, a FIFA taskforce is currently assessing the feasibility of moving the 2022 World Cup from its traditional mid-year slot.

While world governing body FIFA would prefer the tournament to take place in November and December Platini is pushing for a January-February slot, and he says re-arranging the flagship Champions League, the final of which usually takes place in May, would not be a problem.

"As the president of the confederation, I have no problem," the 59-year-old former France star told journalists during a briefing at England's St George's Park training base in Burton-on-Trent, central England.

"Because it is not a problem for the competition of the Champions League, we can move the dates in 2022 and have two semi-finals and the final in June, so that is not a problem.

"Everybody speaks about the clubs and the leagues, but if it is in November and December, then you lose six dates of the national teams. But we are not so far away (from an agreement) with FIFA."

A decision on the dates of the 2022 World Cup is due to be announced by FIFA's executive committee in March next year.

However, a problem with the January February dates is FIFA have promised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) they would not clash with that year's WInter Olympics which are programmed for then and something IOC president Thomas Bach said earlier this week he expected them to honour.

Four years before the 2022 tournament, the football world will turn its eyes to Russia, which is hosting the 2018 World Cup.

Russian football has battled accusations of racism in recent years, with current league champions CSKA Moscow presently saddled by sanctions owing in part to the racist behaviour of their supporters.

While Platini accepts that European governing body UEFA has a role to play in tackling the problem, he believes that Russia as a country must take the lead.

"When we choose a World Cup venue like Qatar or like Russia, we focus on the country, but I am president of UEFA and in Europe we have a lot of racism. It is getting worse and worse," he said.

"We can do a lot of things. We can punish, but there is a lot of racism. I think the problem is important, but do you think only FIFA and UEFA can resolve the problem of racism in the world? I don't think so.

"I think it is very important that we say to the Russian authorities it is very important that they do something because it is not good for the country, it's not good for football, it's not good for anybody.

"It is difficult. If it's one guy out of 50 and you close the stadium?

"We have to say to the authorities, 'You fight against that.' It is education. It is difficult. We have to punish, we have to educate, we have to continue our fight, and the fight is not easy."

Read more on:    uefa  |  fifa  |  champions league  |  2022 swc  |  michel platini  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur, Allianz Stadium 21:45
Basel v Manchester City, St. Jakob-Park 21:45
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Porto v Liverpool, Estadio Do Dragao 21:45
Real Madrid v PSG, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu 21:45
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Bayern Munchen v Besiktas, Allianz-Arena 21:45
Chelsea v Barcelona, Stamford Bridge 21:45
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Sevilla v Manchester United, Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan 21:45
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma, Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist 21:45
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
Liverpool v Porto, Anfield 21:45
PSG v Real Madrid, Parc des Princes 21:45
Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Manchester City v Basel, Etihad Stadium 21:45
Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus, Wembley Stadium 21:45
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Which English Premier League club will progress furthest in this season's Champions League?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.