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Europe's soccer countries support January World Cup

Europe's 54 soccer nations are prepared to support switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer heat, and prefer playing in January.

FIFA's Blatter sees October agreement on 2022 event

UEFA president Michel Platini on Wednesday was given a mandate for change by European football leaders, who prefer to play the 2022 World Cup in January, not June and July. (Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe's 54 soccer nations are prepared to support switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer heat, and prefer playing in January.

European football leaders tell The Associated Press they gave UEFA president Michel Platini a mandate Wednesday for change, which FIFA president Sepp Blatter suggests his ruling board should agree in principle next month.

Estonia Football Association president Aivar Pohlak says the switch should be a "one-off" for Qatar.

Platini will announce UEFA's position in the winter debate after further meetings with his strategy council and executive committee end Friday.

Belgium's football president Francois de Keersmaecker says "it seems the 2022 World Cup can't be played in the months of June and July."

Scotland FA chief executive Stewart Regan says UEFA members favoured "the beginning of 2022."

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