FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted on Friday awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a ‘mistake’ and added the tournament will most likely have to be held in the winter because of the extreme heat players will face in the Gulf state.
The 78-year-old denied that Qatar had ‘bought’ the competition while acknowledging the bidder had spent a great deal of money on sponsorship and development programmes.
Speaking to Swiss television station RTS in Lausanne, Blatter also made clear his determination to continue as FIFA president having initially stated in 2011 that he would stand down in 2015
A decision on whether the tournament will be moved from summer to the winter in eight years’ time has been postponed by Fifa until after next month’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
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