UEFA chief urges Gulf World Cup in 2022

Michel Platini says tournament should be shared across region, held in winter months
UEFA president Michel Platini
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 30 Dec 2012 09:56 AM

UEFA president Michel Platini has renewed his call for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be switched to the winter and shared with neighbouring countries.

A winter tournament would be "good for everyone", the head of European football's governing body told the Dubai International Sports Conference, AFP reported.

"It would be a good thing" if the tournament were shared with neighbouring Gulf states, Platini added.

Last month, Qatar 2022 chief Hassan Al Thawadi was quoted as saying a decision on whether Qatar will host a summer of winter World Cup tournament should be made in the next two years.

He said he was happy to accommodate either date for the tournament but was continuing to plan for a summer event.

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.

Platini first suggested the winter switch to avoid Qatar's searing summer temperatures after a UEFA executive committee meeting in Limassol, Cyprus in September 2011.

In December, former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro, whose playing career ended in Dubai, said it would not be possible to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the summer.

Construction of Qatar's first air-conditioned stadium for the 2022 World Cup tournament will start next year.

The first stadium will be developed in conjunction with Qatar Foundation at Education City. Five other stadiums are currently in the process of planning or tender.

In December 2010, Qatar saw off competition from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan to win the right to stage the 2022 World Cup.

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