Platini renews support for shifting World Cup in Qatar to winter

Last Updated: Sat, Aug 31, 2013 06:20 hrs

UEFA President Michel Platini once again spoke in support of moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter, with a dig at the English Premier League, who are opposed to the change of date.

According to CNN, FIFA is set to discuss the issue at an executive committee meeting in October, its president Sepp Blatter indicating recently he was in favor of change to the schedule.

The former France international said that he was very happy to learn that Blatter wanted to move the 2022 World Cup to the winter, as it was something he had himself advocated because it was impossible to play in 50-degree heat in Qatar.

Platini was unimpressed by arguments of disruption to the EPL calendar and said that England had imposed its calendar for 150 years and it was time for them to respect another calendar.

Qatar won the right to host the tournament in December 2010, beating the United States in the final round of bidding, the report said.

Platini was among the executive committee members to vote in favor of bring the global showpiece to the Middle East for the first time, the report added. (ANI)

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