FIFA’s president is now on board with most of the world in regards to the 2022 World Cup. Sepp Blatter stated in an interview on Friday that awarding the 2022 tournament to the extremely hot Middle Eastern nation of Qatar was a “mistake.” Assessments of Qatar’s climate played into Blatter’s remarks.
"Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one makes a lot of mistakes in life,” Blatter said on a Swiss TV station about the 2022 tournament. "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."
Qatar’s bid beat out others by the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea. It was a surprise move that shocked the world; not only have some of the stadiums not been built, but the cities in Qatar which they’re supposed to be in do not yet exist. Newspapers and tabloids across the globe were outraged by the choice and insinuated that one or more of FIFA’s members of the selection committee had been bribed. Blatter denounced these allegations in today’s interview.
"No, I have never said it was bought, but that it was due to political considerations.” FIFA’s president said. “We know full well that big French and German companies work in Qatar but they don't just work for the World Cup. The World Cup is only a small part of what is going on in Qatar."
Due to Qatar’s extreme summer heat, FIFA will debate to make the 2022 World Cup a winter tournament. This is blasphemous to the organizers of European leagues because they would either have to suspend play or continue their campaigns without the best players in the world, as they would be competing in the World Cup. No matter which hemisphere the host nation resides in, the World Cup has traditionally been held in June and July. Blatter and FIFA will make a final decision will be announced after this year’s tournament in Brazil is over.
After Blatter’s statement, FIFA attempted to clarify his remarks. FIFA states that Blatter questioned the decision to host a summer tournament in Qatar, he did not “question Qatar as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”
Outcries of corruption continue against world soccer’s governing body concerning their choice for the 2022 tournament. Earlier this year, The Telegraph revealed that a FIFA official received nearly $2 million from a business linked to Qatar’s campaign. Since these allegations were brought to light, it has been demanded that FIFA investigate this alleged corruption and Qatar should not be allowed to host the 2022 World Cup.