Michel Platini slams Jérôme Valcke for speaking out on Qatar World Cup

• Uefa president unhappy over talk of winter plans
• Executive committee of Fifa to decide, Platini adds

Uefa's president, Michel Platini, has revealed his displeasure at the Fifa secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, going public with his plans for a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

Valcke, Fifa's secretary general, caused a storm when he told a French radio station the tournament would not be held in June or July due to the fierce desert heat.

Fifa distanced itself from his comments, insisting Valcke was stating a personal view and no decision has yet been taken, but Fifa's president, Sepp Blatter, himself said two months ago that moves were afoot to reschedule the 2022 tournament and that it "can only be November-December and not in January-February".

Platini criticised Valcke's latest comments, telling the French newspaper L'Equipe: "When the executive committee was held in early October, it was decided to launch a major consultation of all football and no decision would be taken before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It was also agreed not to talk about this before then.

"I do not see why it is discussed publicly. Two months ago Blatter spoke about it. Now it's Valcke. This is supposed to be a decision for the executive committee of Fifa. But maybe the executive committee doesn't matter.

"If the decision has already been taken, then it does not even need to meet, except for those people who enjoy chatting."

Platini has always backed a winter World Cup and is the only Fifa member to have confirmed he voted for Qatar, but he added: "We have to consult the entire football family before making a decision." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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