Qatar must share 2022 World Cup

UEFA chief says 2022 World Cup has to take place during winter months

UEFA head Michel Platini says the neighbouring emirates must be included so that the 2022 World Cup is staged throughout the entire region.

UEFA head Michel Platini says the neighbouring emirates must be included so that the 2022 World Cup is staged throughout the entire region.

Head of UEFA, Michel Platini, has leant his support to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar under two conditions; those of timing and geography.

The European football boss told Bild newspaper: “Because of the heat the World Cup will need to be held in winter. With over 40 degrees (Celsius) playing football is impossible and for the fans it would also be unbearable.

“Also, the neighbouring emirates must be included so that the World Cup is staged throughout the entire region.”

The timing of the 2022 tournament has been an intense topic of conversation since Qatar was controversially awarded the World Cup by FIFA in 2010. Traditionally held in the summer, arguments have taken place as to whether the heat in the Gulf will be too much for players and fans alike. Alternative plans for the first ever winter tournament – when temperatures will be closer to 17 degrees Celsius – have been mooted but as yet there is no working group within FIFA to review the idea.

However, general secretary of FIFA, Jerome Valcke, said recently that if medical reports showed that summer temperatures in Qatar would be dangerously high, then the event could be moved.

On the topic of where the World Cup will take place, critics have questioned whether Qatar has the necessary infrastructure to stage the event.

Countries including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait could be called upon to help stage the tournament by hosting matches and providing accommodation for the huge number of fans which are expected to arrive in the region.

Valcke added that a decision about the logistics of the 2022 World Cup would not be made for at least a few more years, saying: “As long as we have not fixed the international calendar all alternatives are open.

“The international calendar has been agreed for 2015 to 2018, meaning that we kept open all potential for the period 2019 to 2022. We have time.

“I think it would be good to have a final decision about when this World Cup will be played and have an agreement between all the football family but it’s in 2022, nine years, and we have two World Cups to organise in Brazil and Russia, so there is some time.”

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Posted by: greydog

Platini is currently head of UEFA and hence not directly involved in FIFA decision making - but he is also a leading contender for the FIFA presidency when Mr Blatter finally resigns/retires in the next 2-3 years...

Posted by: Qatar Expat

Qatar persuaded FIFA that the Stadiums and even fan zones could be airconditioned and this was accepted. Of course this can be done and Qatar has spent millions on the planning process for this. They have also started the planning for the infrastructure needed without any help from their neighbours. Of course the tournament could be shared but if FIFA wanted a joint bid this should have been done during the bidding process. Let Qatar continue, if the logistics are insurmountable early phase matches could be switched, this decision can be made any time in the next NINE years. I think in terms of common sense a winter tournament should be agreed and this would be better for everyone, let the process continue and let Qatar have the kudos for a successful tournament.

Posted by: Monkey Tennis

Then...I read Hisham, Thamir and Qateris' comments and realised that I could, of course, be very wrong. What a shame if after the World Cup all that Qatar has left are empty hotels, unused transport systems and useless football stadia.

Posted by: Ammar Zubaid Ahmad

1000 years? you have only been leading since 1750 onwards.

Posted by: Monkey Tennis

Please try to keep up - I said; "build its ties with, among other areas, the West". We are all well aware that in 30 year's time the might of India and China will have eclipsed the West and about time too; we're tired of having had to lead the way for the last 1,000 years - about time someone else took over the burden and these two nations are about to embark upon a most thrilling journey; it will be a pleasure to watch; nothing should stay the same for too long.

Posted by: Hisham

One thing you're definitely wrong on is the assumption that being involved in the West makes you part of the global community. The direction the global community is heading towards is less and less determined in the West. Like I said before, it is becoming an old fortified relic with old people running the show where there is only crisis management and no long term planning, the will to have free flow of goods but restraints on the the free flow of people, cuts on the most essential thing to a society; education and an overall population in it's twilight years with no fresh views and ideas. It might not be completely there yet, but it's surely getting there.

Posted by: Monkey Tennis

I was actually an advocate for awarding the World Cup to the Middle East as the one region where football is supported and played that has yet to host it. I also see football as a global language capable of transcending all kinds of barriers between peoples and therefore a potential force for spreading tolerance and mutual understanding if only for 90 minutes at a time! Therefore I thought the Qatar World Cup was a very good thing, although it was clear compromises would need to be made for it to be successful due to the heat. I also assumed that 2022 and Qatari involvement in Spanish and French football was evidence that as a small, wealthy and ambitious country it wished to build its ties with, among other areas, the West and assume an important place in the global community; one of the many wise initiatives that the Qatari rulers use to promote and develop their country. Then...

Posted by: Donald

I have lived in the Gulf region for the past five years, including six months in Qatar. It gets so hot in the Summer that you cannot even sit outside, never mind play football. These stadiums better be well air conditioned. But the Qatari restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol may turn out to be an even bigger issue than the heat for the fans. I am one of the skeptics.

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