FIFA president, Joseph Blatter, has told Swiss TV on Thursday night that giving the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a mistake.
The average temperature in the summer months can be between 35C and 45C, which would be a massive risk factor for players and fans.
Blatter has now sparked controversy by admitting that giving the World Cup to Qatar ‘was a mistake’.
“Of course it was a mistake! But you know, we make lots of mistakes in life,” said the 78-year-old.
“It was clearly shown in the studies that the temperatures would be too high in summer. But this didn’t stop the Executive Committee.”
There have been rumours that the World Cup will be played between November and January but this would go in hand with a change in all major football calendars.
The decision on whether the tournament will be moved to Qatar’s winter has been postponed by FIFA until after the World Cup in Brazil.
Qatar is also continuously criticized for its poor rights and labour conditions with a report in the Daily Mail in March claiming that over a thousand workers have already died.
In addition, there have been numerous corruption and bribery allegations about the bidding process for the tournament in 2022.
In the meantime, FIFA has issued a response to the latest comments by Sepp Blatter. Here the full statement from FIFA's website:
The comment by the FIFA President concerning the organisation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ to Swiss TV station RTS is in line with previous comments on this matter.
As explained in his answer to the journalist, the FIFA President reiterated that the decision to organise the World Cup in summer was an “error” based on the technical assessment report of the bid, which had highlighted the extremely hot temperatures in summer in Qatar.
At no stage did he question Qatar as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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