UEFA president Michel Platini wants the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be played in winter, reports Dan Roan of BBC Sport.
Despite support from several leagues and clubs for a May World Cup, Platini said:
“It’ll never be in April, May or June. It will be in winter…It's not the clubs that are playing, it's the players and it's not possible to play in May when it's 40 degrees."
The World Cup typically takes place in June and July, but FIFA has insisted for a date change due to Qatar’s high temperatures in the summer months.
A FIFA task force met on Monday to discuss possible options and announced that January/February and November/December were the two most likely solutions. An official recommendation will be announced in March.
If that’s the case, Platini said he is prepared to move the Champions League semi-finals and finals to June to accommodate the change, reports The Telegraph.
Holding the World Cup in January/February could also pose potential conflicts with the International Olympic Committee. A date has not been set yet for the Olympics, but officials on both sides hope to avoid a clash.
"There are meetings. There will be an official decision soon,” Platini said. “I hope soon because Qatar needs to know when they are going to organise this competition. Let's see what it will be, but we'll find a compromise.”
- Danielle Zhu