‘Awarding 2022 World Cup To Qatar A Mistake’ —Ex-FIFA President, Blatter

‘Awarding 2022 World Cup To Qatar A Mistake’ —Ex-FIFA President, Blatter

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a mistake

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Blatter was president of FIFA when Qatar was awarded the tournament in 2010.

Qatar has been criticised for its stance on same-sex relationships, human rights record and treatment of migrant workers.


And in an interview with Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, Blatter said:”It is too small of a country. Football and the World Cup are too big for it.

“It was a bad choice and I was responsible for that as president at the time.”

FIFA’s executive committee voted 14-8 for Qatar to host the tournament ahead of the United States 12 years ago, at the same time Russia was awarded the 2018 event.

The 86-year-old says he voted for the United States and blames then-UEFA president Michel Platini for swinging the vote in Qatar’s favour.

“Thanks to the four votes of Platini and his [UEFA] team, the World Cup went to Qatar rather than the United States. It’s the truth.”

The Qatar World Cup, the first to be hosted in the Middle East in the tournament’s 92-year-history and the first during the Northern Hemisphere winter, takes place from 20 November to 18 December.

Blatter spent 17 years as FIFA president but was forced to step down in 2015 over allegations he unlawfully arranged a transfer of two million Swiss francs ($2.19m; £1.6m) to Platini, who was also forced to resign from his position at FIFA.

He was originally banned from football by the world football governing body for eight years which was later reduced to six, over the Platini payment.

In March 2021 he then received an additional ban until 2028 for “various violations” of FIFA’s code of ethics.

Blatter and Platini were charged with fraud last November but were found not guilty at a trial in Switzerland in July.

The decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively has been dogged by accusations of widespread corruption, with two investigations launched by Swiss prosecutors and the US Department of Justice in 2015.

Qatar and Russia have always denied any wrongdoing, and both were effectively cleared by FIFA own investigation in 2017.

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