Uefa president Michel Platini has insist that the 2022 Qatar World Cup must be played in winter.
The Frenchman’s stance puts him in direct opposition to some of Europe’s biggest leagues and clubs, who want the event to be staged in May.
The World Cup is usually held in June and July, but Fifa has been told that Qatar’s searing summer temperatures will put players’ health at risk.
Platini said: “It’ll never be in April, May or June. It will be in winter”. He added the 2022 Champions League semi-finals and final could be moved to June if necessary, saying the clubs would accept whatever decision was made.
“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,” said Platini.