I want 2022 World Cup to be in winter – Platini

The Uefa president has announced he is behind the push for the finals in Qatar to be moved from summer despite opposition from many of the clubs in his organisation’s territory

Uefa president Michel Platini has admitted he would prefer the 2022 World Cup to be played in winter.

Discussions continue over rearranged dates for the finals in Qatar after Fifa deemed the summer climate in the country not to be suited for a safe experience for players and fans.

The European Club Association (ECA)’s acting chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, recently urged the world governing body to consider holding the tournament in April and May, saying in a statement: “In our opinion, this proposal is the best option. It takes into account the climate issue while preserving the traditional running of a club football season.”

But Platini says such a proposal is a non-starter, and backed the scheduling of the finals in either Januray/February or November/December as the best route forward.

“It’ll never be in April, May or June. It will be in winter,” Platini told the BBC. “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 Frenchman added that it is up to national organisations and clubs to accept a compromise on the scheduling issue.

“As president of Uefa, I have no problem whether it’s in November, December, January or February,” said the 59-year-old.

“I have no problem. For the competition of the Champions League, we have no problem.

“Your clubs in England, your league [the Premier League] has a problem… but we have to find a compromise. Everybody has to lose something but in the end I think winter will be a good date.

“It will not be in April, it will not be in May or June or July or September. It will be November, December or January.”