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Seep Blatter says giving Qatar the World Cup was a mistake

Sepp Blatter has admitted awarding Qatar the World Cup "May have been a mistake" (©GettyImages)
Sepp Blatter has admitted awarding Qatar the World Cup "May have been a mistake" (©GettyImages).

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that it was a mistake to let Qatar host the 2022 World Cup.

In an interview with Swiss TV channel RTS, Blatter said: "Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one makes a lot of mistakes in life."

There have been concerns over the heat in the Middle Eastern country and it is likely that the tournament will be moved to the winter instead.

"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."

Japan, Australia, South Korea and the USA also bid to host the prestigious tournament, however, Blatter has insisted that Qatar did not "buy" the tournament, they simply spent lots of money on sponsorship and their bid.

He added: "No, I have never said it was bought, but that it was due to political considerations."

Former England striker, Gary Lineker, who leads the BBC's 2014 World Cup team, was outraged with Blatter's comments, saying that he has "one decision to make everry four years". Lineker continued, on Twitter, saying that although "everyone makes mistakes", Blatter's was a "pretty big one" as he is the "man in charge" and that "his resignation letter is being composed as we tweet".

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke had previously said that instead of hosting the World Cup in June or July, it was more likely to take place "between November 15 and January 15 at the latest". 

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