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Platini renews Qatar SWC call

2012-12-29 11:00

Dubai - UEFA president Michel Platini renewed his call on Thursday for the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar to be switched to the winter to avoid the crushing heat of a Gulf summer and shared with neighbouring countries.

A winter tournament would be "good for everyone" - organisers, spectators and the media, the head of European football's governing body told the Dubai International Sports Conference.

"It would be a good thing" if the tournament were shared with neighbouring Gulf states, Platini added, recalling that he had nonetheless backed Qatar's bid to host it.

Qatar has undertaken to air-condition all of the stadiums for 2022, but there has been criticism of the cost and environmental impact, as well as of the outdoor temperatures facing travelling fans which Platini has warned could reach 55 degrees Celsius.

The UEFA chief has previously called for the tournament to be played between November and December 2022, to avoid a clash with the January 2022 Winter Olympics, but that has raised issues with big European clubs as it clashes with their domestic seasons.

AFP

Comments
  • sheamus.drager - 2012-12-29 11:21

    You made the bed, now lie in it. Can't wait for the lawsuits when players start dropping from heat exhaustion. Typical of the problems between players and administrators. Disappointed in Platini, as an ex player he should know better.

  • Bokmaster - 2012-12-29 12:52

    It should have been staged in the winter in the first place. Here in the gulf football gets played just like everywhere else and the temperatures in the Summer is unlike anything these people would have experienced anywhere. Just like the goal line technology issue and the extension of the Champions league, this is argument was never about what's for the good of the game but always about pleasing the real financial powers i.e. the European clubs.

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