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Sepp Blatter admits blunder over Qatar 2022 decision

FIFA Presdient Sepp Blatter has admitted that giving the 2022 World Cup to Qatar may have been 'a mistake' given the sweltering conditions in the country during summer.

There has been much controversy over the decision, as it has led for calls to switch the World Cup to the winter, where temperatures in the country are more playable. This has led to outrage from many nation's FAs, including England and the Premier League.

Moving the event to the winter would have drastic effects on domestic leagues across Europe and the rest of the world, but Blatter, who is a strong advocator of the switch, still believes it is the best way to go.

He was asked by insi­dew­orl­dfo­ot­ball.­com about the decision to give Qatar the event in the first place,  to which Blatter replied: "It may well be that we made a mistake at the time."

"On the other hand, you must also consider political and geo-political realities. The World Cup is FIFA's biggest, if not only, global event. Who are we, the Europeans, to demand that this event has to cater to the needs of 800 million Europeans above all?"

"I think it is high time that Europe starts to understand that we do not rule the world anymore, and that some former European imperial powers can no longer impress their will on to others in faraway places."

"We must accept that football has moved away from being a European and South American sport, it has become the world sport that billions of fans are excitedly following every week, everywhere in the world."

 "After many discussions, deliberations and critical review of the entire matter, I came to the conclusion that playing the World Cup in the heat of Qatar's summer was simply not a responsible thing to do."

"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 step."

 

"The next steps will include a close look at the international calendar and to establish what consequences the change would have. And we would naturally need to speak to and consult with all interested parties and stakeholders."

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