Gary Lineker Unleashes on FIFA, 'Dictator' Sepp Blatter

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterAugust 4, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Gary Lineker presents the Official Draw for the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament at Wembley Stadium on April 24, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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FIFA boss Sepp Blatter is not a popular man. 

Former player and current pundit Gary Lineker unloaded on Blatter and, specifically, FIFA's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in a recent interview with GQ

Per The Guardian, Lineker held little back when being asked about Blatter and Qatar:

"It makes you feel sick, actually, the whole Fifa thing, the corruption at the top is nauseating. Sepp Blatter likewise has run it like a dictatorship for so long and he comes out with so much nonsense."

On Qatar: 

"Ludicrous. I am not against it going to different parts of the world but you'd have thought they might have known it would be very hot in summer. You have to be careful what you say, but the corruption is just...yuk."

On whether FIFA is corrupt: 

Yes, and it is such a shame because it is a massive sport and means so much to so many people. 

[England] are too straight, in a way—and I am not saying that as a criticism. We should stand up for what is right and, if that means never hosting the World Cup again, fine. The only way it might change is for the clean countries to turn around and say: 'You know what, we are not taking part in your tournaments.' But I can't see it happening. There is too much at stake. 

[The Guardian]