I Made A Mistake Awarding World Cup To Qatar


The former FIFA boss, who was banned from football for six years after a corruption scandal, has taken responsibility for taking the global showpiece to Qatar.

Former FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter has taken full responsibility for the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup awarded to Qatar.

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The Swiss administrator described Qatar as ‘too small’ and admitted it was a mistake to have awarded the rights to the far-east nation.

Qatar was awarded the rights for the 2022 world cup back in 2010 and this led to controversies bordering on bribes, corruption and the change in start date from summer to winter.

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The 86-year-old was in charge at FIFA 12 years ago before he was banned for six years in 2015 for a corruption scandal.

However, Blatter has cleared his name but revealed he made a mistake with the hosting rights.

“The choice of Qatar was a mistake,” Blatter told reporters in Switzerland, while addressing reporters.

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”At the time, we actually agreed in the executive committee that Russia should get the 2018 World Cup and the USA that of 2022.”



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