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Summer football in Middle East is madness, says Lahm

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 a German sports news agency 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.

Bureau Report

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