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Platini calls for Winter World Cup

Uefa president Michel Platini added his voice to those pressing for the 2022 World Cup to be moved to winter because of the health dangers of playing in Qatar’s 45C summer temperatures.

“"It's true that if we talk about the World Cup in the Gulf in January, that would be easier than to play in June," Platini said. "On that I agree, and why not? It's possible."

Meanwhile Fifa ex-co member Chuck Blazer has said he did not vote for England because he did not see a legacy from staging the World Cup here.

"I voted for Russia," Blazer told Soccer America. "England clearly had a great bid. But in the end, I look at England and say, 'What more would we have when we're finished other than what I am certain would have been a great World Cup?'

“I believe that when we're finished in Russia, we'll have accomplished a lot of different things. We can open up a market that is important from a world perspective.”

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