It was a mistake to let Qatar host the soccer World Cup, says the former FIFA president


Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a “mistake”.

According to the details, while giving an interview to a Swiss newspaper, the former president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, said that the Gulf state is a small country and the World Cup of football is a big event for it.

It may be recalled that 86-year-old Sepp Blatter was the president of FIFA in 2010 when Qatar was awarded the hosting of the world football event.

It should be noted that since winning the host in 2010, the Gulf state of Qatar has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relationships, human rights record and treatment of migrant workers.

The FIFA Qatar World Cup, the first in the tournament’s 92-year history to be held in the Middle East and the first in the Northern Hemisphere winter, takes place from November 20 to December 18.

FIFA’s executive committee voted 14-8 for Qatar to host the tournament ahead of the United States 12 years ago, while Russia was awarded the 2018 event.

Blatter says he voted for the US and blames then-UEFA president Michael Platini for voting in favor of Qatar.

The former president said that it was a bad choice and I was responsible for it as the president at that time.

Blatter revealed that the World Cup went to Qatar because of the votes of the four countries supported by Platini.

Blatter also said FIFA adjusted the criteria used to select host nations in 2012 after concerns were raised about the treatment of migrant workers building World Cup stadiums in Qatar.

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