Premier League told to accept 2022 winter World Cup

Premier League told to accept 2022 winter World Cup
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Published March 19th, 2015 - 15:13 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Platini says the Premier League will simply have to get used to the idea of a winter World Cup
Platini says the Premier League will simply have to get used to the idea of a winter World Cup

Uefa's president, Michel Platini, has said the Premier League will simply have to get used to the idea of a winter World Cup and rejected the claim that European football's governing body had "let them down" by agreeing the Qatar 2022 World Cup should be held in November and December.

"It's not only the Premier League in the world. There are many leagues, many players, many clubs," Platini said yesterday at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich, where the proposal is expected to be rubber-stamped tomorrow.

Platini has admitted that in 2010, when the original decision was made, he voted for Qatar to host the tournament. Fifa's executive committee ignored its own technical inspections warning that conditions would be too hot to hold the event as normal in June and July.

But Platini added: "I always said that it would be a winter World Cup. I always said I will vote for Qatar but will do my best for it to be in winter. I'm totally coherent with what I said four years ago, totally. I work for what I am convinced is good for football."

The tournament will now almost certainly take place over 28 days, and conclude on 18 December, which is Qatar National Day. English football's traditional domestic Boxing Day schedule could then go ahead as planned, although it is seven years away, and calls for a winter break in the Premier League will grow even louder between now and then.

Platini said the earlier date would favour Europe's players. "I think we will have the players in good condition, " he said. "Normally, the football will be better in December than in June - normally."

Fifa's president, Sepp Blatter, who will this morning host the penultimate executive committee meeting before facing an election in May, has informed the BBC he will not take part in a presidential election debate supported by his rivals for the job.

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