Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the choice of Qatar for the 2022 World Cup was a “mistake” and has attributed political pressure from France and Germany as a reason for the choice.
Blatter told Swiss TV agency RTS that the technical report into Qatar’s bid had highlighted the extremely hot summer temperatures in the Middle Eastern nation but despite that, Fifa’s executive committee (Exco) had voted the country.
He said it was now “probable” that it would be played in the winter rather than the summer due to the heat.
“Yes, it was a mistake of course, but one makes lots of mistakes in life,” said the president of world football’s governing body said about hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“The technical report into Qatar said clearly it was too hot but the executive committee- with a large majority- decided all the same to play it in Qatar.”
Blatter’s recent comments on this matter reiterates his previous comment last year’s September, when he told insideworldfootball.com that “It may well be that we made a mistake at the time” to give Qatar the hosting right for the 2022 tournament.
Qatar defeated bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States to win a ballot of Fifa’s 22 executive members in 2010 to host the tournament.