What he said (via BBC):
“If we play in winter, [it is] not a problem to organise it.”
UEFA Chief, Michel Platini, has the interests of soccer spectators at heart.
The 2022 World Cup awarded to Qatar will have temperatures of about 50 degrees Celsius if the tournament begins—as planned—in June.
Qatari officials have sought to alleviate reservations with promises of air-conditioned stadiums and cloud-seeding.
Platini would rather consider a workaround where the European season is modified to continue until June so that the World Cup is scheduled for winter when temperatures are cooler.
Speaking to Al Jazeera English, Platini said:
How can people go to Qatar in 50 degrees in June? If the people can’t come to enjoy it it’s not good. The people they come for three weeks or two weeks in 60 degrees and never go outside the hotel. So when is the best moment? It’s not a problem for players because they can be acclimatised and in hotels.
Platini, revealing that he voted for Qatar, added:
I think it’s nice to go to another part of the world, with people who have never hosted the World Cup.I think it was a good decision but now we have to adapt to when and where the best moment is to play this World Cup in Qatar.
What Platini really meant:
“Why play Weather God when we can adapt our schedules to it? It’s surely more practical.”
What Platini definitely didn’t:
“I’m dreaming of a Snowy White World Cup.”
What he said:
“Crisis, what is a crisis?”
Sepp Blatter denies that FIFA is in trouble over corruption allegations in the voting to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
What he really meant:
“Do you like my impersonation of an ostrich burying its head in the sand?”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I’m retiring to run an emu farm.”