FORMER FIFA President Sepp Blatter has admitted that the decision to appoint Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup was a mistake.
In 2010, the FIFA Executive Committee through a vote, which ended 14-8, appointed Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup beating the United States (US).
“It was a mistake,” Blatter said in an interview with German sports platform SID. “That decision was taken while I was president of FIFA so I share responsibility for that.”
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Blatter admitted he chose the US to host the 2022 World Cup and accused former UEFA President Michel Platini of influencing Qatar’s victory to satisfy then French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
“Sarkozy asked Platini to let him and his friends vote for Qatar,” said Blatter.
Platini has denied Blatter’s accusations.
Platini told French investigators that, although he attended a lunch at the Elysee Palace with Sarkozu and Qatar’s crown prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani before the FIFA vote, “Sarkozy never asked me to choose one country in particular even though it seems he supports Qatar.” .”
The 2022 World Cup will be the first to be held in the Middle East and the first to be held in winter.
The 2022 World Cup will be held from November 20 to December 18.
The voting that led Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup was said to be tainted by corruption.
“I don’t know if anyone was influenced to vote,” said Blatter, who acknowledged that during the election process there were forces working to ensure Qatar won.
“Qatar does not give gifts to those who have the right to vote. They give gifts to their country,” Blatter concluded. (AFP/OL-1)