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Sepp Blatter: Awarding 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a mistake

Published on: 16 May 2014
FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has admitted it was "a mistake" to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar because of the extreme heat players will face in the Gulf state.

Speaking to Swiss channel RTS, Mr Blatter said: "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."


  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    May 16, 2014 09:25 am
    If so then somebody has to pay. Somebody has to resign!!!! This mess has cost the world. It would be great if we also learn from holding people responsible. (Even though I know Ghanaians don't have the culture of demanding accountability because of blind loyalty)