UEFA president says competition should be held in winter to avoid the crushing heat.
Michel Platini has reiterated his call for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be switched to the winter and says the competition should be shared with neighbouring countries.
The UEFA president believes a winter tournament would be “good for everyone” – organisers, spectators and the media.
“It would be a good thing” if the tournament were shared with neighbouring Gulf states, the head of European football’s governing body told the Dubai International Sports Conference.
Platini added that he had nonetheless backed Qatar’s bid to host the World Cup.
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 (131 degrees Fahrenheit).
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.
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