FIFA president Sepp Blatter has conceded that the choice of destination for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was wrong.
Since announcing Qatar as the host nation for the 2022 tournament back in 2010, there has been a debate on whether holding the competition in the Middle East was a viable option. The Arab state beat bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
Awarding sport’s biggest event to Qatar has been one of the hot topics of conversation and many questions have been raised regarding the climate. As per the Independent, temperatures could soar to in excess of 50 degrees in the summer, which has led to suggestions that the tournament could be moved to the winter.
Of course, that would have a drastic detrimental impact on club football—particularly across European leagues for several years.
Finding a solution to this problem has become one of the most pressing matters in world football, and is one that the FIFA president has acknowledged—although he was equally quick to rubbish any suggestions of corruption surrounding the decision.
Speaking to Swiss TV channel RTS (h/t Telegraph Sport), Blatter conceded:
Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one makes a lot of mistakes in life.
The technical report indicated clearly that it was too hot in summer, but despite that the executive committee decided, with quite a big majority, that the tournament would be in Qatar.
No, I have never said it was bought, but that it was due to political considerations.
The admission comes less than 48 hours after a Qatari official denied reports that workers had died during the construction of World Cup stadia.
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