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UEFA President Michel Platini has said that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played in wintertime, to avoid the blistering heat of the Gulf state's summer season.

Platini told Al Jazeera he is prepared to move club competitions to accommodate the switch to a cooler time of year, a change that will likely not sit well with European clubs and football fans.

Platini, the most powerful man in European football, was speaking to Al Jazeera's Lee Wellings in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, where the draw for the Euro 2012 will be held later on Friday.

The remarks are significant as Platini is favourite to replace current FIFA President Sepp Blatter and may well be in charge of world football at the time of the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

"How can people go to Qatar in 60 degrees in June? If people can't come to enjoy it, it's not good," Platini said.

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