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Blatter admits politics swayed Qatar 2022 award

ESPN staff
September 18, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Blatter comments on Qatar


FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted politics played a part in the choice to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

The decision has caused much controversy, with matches having to be played in temperatures of up to 50 degrees if the tournament takes place in the summer.

As a result, Blatter has confirmed he will request that the competition be held in the winter, and has the support of UEFA president Michel Platini.

When asked if Qatar had been chosen by world football's governing body based on considerations other than sport, Blatter said: "Yes, there was definitely direct political influence.

"European leaders recommended to its voting members to opt for Qatar, because of major economic interests in the country."

Blatter has previously conceded that awarding Qatar the World Cup was something of a mistake.

And with rumours of corruption still circulating around the decision, the FIFA chief said: "We have just set up a new, independent ethics commission to re-examine the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar."

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