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Sepp Blatter admits Qatar World Cup 'mistake'

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FIFA, President Sepp Blatter has for the first time, admitted FIFA's 'mistake' in selecting Qatar as the host nation for the 2022 World Cup.

Blatter admitted this in an interview with Insideworldfootball.com on issues surrounding the two following tournaments that follow next year's World Cup in Brazil.

When asked whether FIFA were aware of the climate issues that may prevent the summer tournament, before the announcement that Qatar would host, Blatter said: "That may well be so, and it may well be that we made a mistake at the time."

Despite this, Blatter confirmed he will go ahead and pursue plans to turn it into a wInter tournament, much to the anger of many Premier League and other European leagues. It seems unlikely that any clubs will favour a mid-season break, but with Blatter's power, they may be forced to.

"First, we need to see whether the owner of the FIFA World Cup - FIFA - actually agrees with my recommendation, one that I shall table at the October 3/4 ExCo meeting, and whether it follows my advice to change the dates from summer to winter.

"Once the Executive Committee of FIFA has agreed to that, we can take the next steps which will include a close look at the international calendar and establish what consequences the change would have. And we would naturally need to speak to and consult with all interested parties and stakeholders."

Blatter expects his executive committee to agree with the proposal of a winter World Cup, that would avoid the blistering heat of Qatar in the summer.

Speaking to the Associated Press last month, Blatter said: "I would be very much surprised, more than surprised, if the ExCo will not accept the principle you cannot play in summer in Qatar.

"What will be following, this would be then decided later."

Blatter has said consultations will include league, clubs, national associations, and players.

 It looks as though it will either be a winter tournament in Qatar, or a summer tournament not hosted in Qatar.

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