BERLIN - Philipp Lahm, who captained
Germany at last year's World Cup, said he was against playing
the 2022 tournament in Qatar during the summer, saying it was
madness to play in such high temperatures.
"I'm happy that I won't have to play there as an active
player," he told the German sports news agency SID in Doha where
his club Bayern Munich are holding a mid-season training camp.
"It's not really much fun in summer at over 40 Celsius, it's
unimaginable," said Lahm, who played for Germany in a friendly
against United Arab Emirates in Dubai in June 2009.
"There, it was 40 Celsius late in the evening and the
humidity was very high. It was very, very exhausting and it was
madness," said Lahm.
Qatar, whose successful bid was based on holding the World
Cup in the summer, has promised to build air-conditioned
stadiums to host games in 2022.
However, a number of leading figures, including UEFA
president Michel Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, have
said they would be prepared to back a winter World Cup.
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