FIFA's Blatter admits 'mistake' on Qatar 2022 vote

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that a mistake may have been made when the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar in 2010.

In an interview published on Monday, Blatter defended his decision that the tournament should be played in the winter when it is held in the Gulf state.

Asked whether FIFA already knew that a summer World Cup would be impossible when it awarded the tournament on December 10 2010, Blatter said: "That may well be so, and it may well be that we made a mistake at the time. On the other hand, you must also consider political and geo-political realities."

He added that while the switch would inconvenience the major European leagues, it was "high time that Europe starts to understand that we do not rule the world anymore, and that some former European imperial powers can no longer impress their will on to others in far away places".

He said in comments published by insideworldfootball.com: "We must accept that football has moved away from being a European and South American sport: it has become the World Sport that billions of fans are excitedly following every week, everywhere in the world."

"The loudest critics, the ones who should know better because they signed the exact same bidding documents as Qatar did... must know that point 1.2.1 stipulates that the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is 'scheduled to take place' in June and/or July 'in principle'," he was quoted as saying.

"It does not say that it 'must' take place in these months, nor is it a 'condition sine qua non' to host the World Cup in June and July. What the document does is express FIFA's wish to host the World Cup in June or July," he added.

Temperatures in Qatar can reach 50 degrees Celsius but cool to the mid-20s in December.

Blatter accepted that, despite knowing that technology was available to cool venues, playing in Qatar's summer was "simply not a responsible thing to do".

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Posted by: Louie Tedesco

Blatter admits to NOTHING. qoute- MAY HAVE made a mistake. He will never say MADE a mistake. This guy needs to go. A Teflon plated mis-manager whose time has long passed and is long overdue to be replaced. His stupid comments about geopolitcial et al are fabricated. Just as we will never hold swimming championships at the North or South pole -because of the WEATHER- we should not be wasting time and resources on hosting soccer matches in the desert climate.

Posted by: shaheen

At last FIFA president Sepp Blatter admits there was a 'mistake' on the Qatar 2022 vote. The 'mistake' was having a 77 year old president who seems unable to think straight, it was his responsibility to investigate the suitability of the venues before the voting stage. In this situation he needs to TERMINATE himself from this position which he seems incapable of handling.

Posted by: Wolfgang Zimmer

Nobody is trying to have a political argument here. It is just simply too hot to have the world cup in such a place. Just like it would be too cold in Sibiria to play football. Where the problem lies Blatter admitted already: "geopolitical realities" blabla. Leave politics out of football and sports in general. Without such political interference the world cup would have never gone to the middle east in summer. My comment does not down grade Quatar. The country cannot change its climate. It is what it is.

Posted by: KHALID AKAR

IT CAN NOT BE OVER...ONCE SCHEDULED THE WORLD AND THE FIFA SHOULD HONOUR THEIR COMMITMENT. SO LET THIS COMMOTION CREATED BY THE ANTI QATARI ELEMENTS BE TERMINATED HERE AND IT IS BETTER NOT TO ACCEPT ANY FURTHER DEBATE ON THIS SUBJECT. CASE CLOSED.

Posted by: Bartms

Qatar has the money.............. and money buys and FIFA wants................

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