Uefa president Michel Platini reveals World Cup plan for winter 2022


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The Uefa president Michel Platini has called for the World Cup to be staged during the winter for the first time at the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

This would require the Premier League and all European Leagues to take a seven-week winter break.

"I hope it will be held in winter," said Platini. "We have to go to Qatar when it is good for everybody to participate. What is better for the fans?

"January is difficult because you have the Winter Olympic Games. If we stop [the European season] from 2 November to 20 December, it means, instead of finishing in May, we stop in June. It is not a big problem."