World Cup: Platini wants Premier League to change dates

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UEFA president Michel Platini has called on the Premier League to show greater flexibility over proposed plans to switch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter.

The searing temperatures that are commonly experienced in the Arab state during the summer months have provoked the debate over whether it would be a sensible idea to move the tournament. 

The English top flight has made its stern opposition to those controversial plans perfectly clear, however, due to the obvious disruption it would cause to the Premier League calendar.

But Platini, a former France international who assumed his current position at the administrative body in 2007, has told those in England that have criticised the idea that they should accept the concept of change for the good of football's most prestigious competition.

"I will say something to the English. We respect your calendar for 150 years - for one month in 150 years you can change," Platini was quoted by BBC Sport.

"I played in winter all my life, in the snow, in the rain, because of your calendar. You can change it for one month - I don't ask any more.

"In Qatar there is nobody there in June, they are all in Europe, it's 50C and you can do nothing. I have said that from the beginning and I was always transparent about that because I think it is time we take the World Cup to an Arabic country."

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